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Vietnam confiscates smuggled rhino horns worth $4 million

/ 07:37 PM July 29, 2019

HANOI — Vietnam’s customs authority has confiscated 125 kilograms of rhino horns worth up to $4 million in an air shipment.

The state-run Vietnam News reported Monday that the 55 pieces of horns were concealed inside plaster blocks. They were discovered Thursday.

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According to Vietnam’s customs, the shipment was declared as non-taxable material to avoid customs check as it arrived at Hanoi’s international airport.

Vietnam and China are frequent destinations for trafficked rhino horns.

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Many believe the horns can be used to cure various illnesses including cancer. But there has been no proof there is a medicinal benefit from the horns, which are made of keratin, the same component of human hair and nails. /kga

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