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(Yahoo)   Rhino activist is trying to stop rhino poaching by...a) sending out flyers...b) giving public speeches...or c) collecting toenail clippings and sending them to certain groups to prove that toenails are of the same material as rhino horns   ( divider line
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2277 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Oct 2012 at 1:51 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-10-25 01:57:05 PM  
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Gather all the toenail clippings from the millions of people in US prisons. Irradiate it to sterilize it, grind it up, and flood the market in China.

Because turnabout is fair play, biatches.
2012-10-25 04:04:40 PM  
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Just a thought here, but is there some way to make fake rhino horn / elephant tusk and flood the market, thereby preventing the extinction of these creatures? In fact, is there a way to take human hair and toenail clippings, extract the keratin, and make fake horn?

If horn / tusk sells for $1500-$2500 / ounce, no wonder poor people are hunting the animals in the global south. How low would the price have to drop before poaching would no longer be attractive? $20 an ounce? $5? And what if you poured the profits into protecting big game and making the risk calculus for poaching less attractive?

Hmm... even if the hurdles were too hard to navigate, could you end rhino / elephant poaching just by creating a rumor that this is possible? Would people still be willing to pay thousands of dollars an ounce for 'traditional' Eastern medicine if they thought there was a possibility that they were getting scammed by Westerners?

Does anyone have a good buddy who's skilled in biochemistry? I'm not sure where to run with this idea, but see big possibilities.

2012-10-25 02:36:00 PM  
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ladyfortuna: And tigers, sharks, and bears. Tiger penis (for obvious reasons), shark fins for soup, and bears for their gall-bladders. I'm sure lots of other animals too, but those are the ones I've seen in the news and read about, bears especially. Bones fans might recall an early episode about bear poachers, for example - the trade includes American black bears.

Serious question: Has Pfizer considered marketing Viagra in China as a bear foreskin alternative? One would think showing them modern drugs that actually do what crazy sympathetic magic is supposed to would put a serious dent in poaching.
2012-10-25 02:15:18 PM  
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2012-10-25 02:02:38 PM  
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