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Malaysia seizes large shipment of rhino horn

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By Euronews
Malaysia seizes large shipment of rhino horn

<p>Authorities in Malaysia have seized a large shipment of rhino horns thought to have an estimated black market value of around 3 million euros.</p> <p>Officials say the 18 horns, weighing more than 50 kilos, were smuggled from Mozambique via Doha on a Qatar Airways flight, before eventually being stopped at Kuala Lumpur airport. </p> <p>Malaysia is a major transit point for the trade in endangered species. </p> <p>While the global trade in Rhino horn is banned by a UN convention, it is prized as an ingredient in traditional medicine, notably in China.</p> <p>It is thought round 29,000 rhinos remain in the wild today compared to the 500,000 at the start of the 20th century.</p>