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Lessons in the art of healing without harm to wildlife

The Healing Without Harm event at the annual David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation lecture saw me sharing the Royal Geographical Society stage with some of the giants of conservation. The man himself, David Shepherd, introduced an evening that was compered by the awesome Mark Carwardine

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World Rhino Day: facts and fiction about rhino horn trade

The use of rhino horn as a recreational drug or cancer treatment in Asia is based on myths, but has escalated exponentially over the last few years. As a result, rhino in Africa and Asia are brutally slaughtered in huge numbers for their horns. The trade is attracting the attention of organised crime

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After ivory, a legal rhino horn trade will only cause harm

South Africa has seen an uncontrollable wave of poaching of rhinos for their horns, believed to be the panacea for all manner of ailments (without a shred scientific proof) in the Far East yet, staggeringly, in some quarters the argument is still made that a legal trade in horn is the answer to this appalling situation