Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Reason #142: Horns

Because I haven't done a crime story in a while...

Last week, federal wildlife investigators arrested seven people, including at least one Chinese national, on charges of peddling the horns of endangered rhinoceros...es...in the United States.

Though allegedly part of one concerted smuggling ring, the arrests were split between the Los Angeles area on the West Coast and New York and New Jersey on the East Coast. In addition to decorative and "medicinal" uses, the horns are supposedly considered good luck charms - though perhaps less so after the arrests.

(Side Note: for the next week, I am conducting a survey of visitors to this blog. Whether you're a regular reader or this is your first time, I'd love to hear from you - just follow this link. This notice will accompany every post this month, with Saturday, March 3rd being the final day to participate. Thanks for reading!)

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