South Africa Vows to End Rhino Slaughter

Illegal trade of animal parts totals more than $20 billion dollars annually world wide. According to Times Live, nearly 330 rhinoswill be hunted in South Africa this year alone, forcing the government to step up its protection of this critically endangered species.

South Africa is working closely with countries were the rhino's horns most often end up, particularly China and Vietnam. The horns are believed to hold certain medical powers in some cirlces in the East. Police arrested 194 poachers last year, and 24 people were arrested for the illegal transportation of rhino horns.