Vietnam seizes most illegal rhino horns worldwide: official

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Vietnam is in the frontline of the fight against rhino-horn smuggling and trafficking, seizing more than 100 kilograms in the past six years, the highest in the world, an official said.

Do Quang Tung, deputy director in Vietnam for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), said on World Rhino Day, Saturday, that most of the seizures were at borders from smugglers, though a fourth of the cases involved domestic trafficking.

Rhinos became extinct in Vietnam in October 2011.

In the first half of this year Vietnamese authorities busted two cases, seizing 20 kilograms of horns.

A recent report by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC said that in Asia, Vietnam has the highest number of crimes related to South African rhinos.

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