Should conservationists be poisoning rhino horns?

12/21/2012 | FastCoExist

A South African rhinoceros conservation group has taken to lacing the animals' horns with a mild poison capable of causing nausea and convulsions in humans, in a bid to deter poachers who would otherwise be able to grind up the horns for use in traditional medicines. The strategy has drawn criticism from some green groups, but Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve officials argue that they have shown restraint by rejecting an earlier anti-poaching plan that called for injecting the horns with potentially lethal doses of cyanide.

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