Customs Museum(海博館)

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Rhinoceros horn


On Sep. 17, 1993, a shipment of 22 rhino horns smuggled by an air passenger transferred from Hong Kong was seized by Taipei Customs.

Rhinoceros are the second largest herbivorous terrestrial animals next to elephants. The number of wild rhinoceros is less than 300, and its biggest enemy is human. In Chinese tradition, rhino horns are the most effective anti-fever medicine to be used for detoxification. However, after the passage of Wildlife Conservation Act in 1989, rhino horns are prohibited from medical use. While the demand of rhino horns in international market is still high, illegal rhinoceros hunters are still active to obtain great benefits.

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