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Horns stolen from stuffed rhinos at five museums – The Denver Post

Horns stolen from stuffed rhinos at five museums – The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_18244036

June 13, 2011
BERLIN — Thieves have wrenched the horns off stuffed rhinoceroses in at least five European museums in the past few days, apparently with an eye to grinding up the horns to make an Asian potency remedy. 

Police in the German town of Bamberg and the Italian city of Florence disclosed the latest two thefts Thursday.

The horns apparently had a black- market value of tens of thousands of dollars. Trade in horn is illegal under world nature protection treaties. Traditional Chinese medicine credits horn dust with curative powers. Some people also believe the dust is an aphrodisiac.

Bamberg’s Natural History Museum, a museum of hunting at Gifhorn, Germany, and Hamburg’s zoology museum all reported thefts, as did the Florence Natural History Museum.

The Daily Telegraph in London reported a similar theft at the Haslemere Educational Museum in England.

The Associated Press


Horns stolen from stuffed rhinos at five museums – The Denver Post.

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