This post is dedicated to all the rhinos of the world. Aphrodisiac or not, it is still unnecessary slaughter. All the things rhino horn can do: horn powder is a party drug and a cure for cancer among other things. There are people who will use a lot of money for horns because as a luxury item it does something.

People purchase a myth and a luxury item. “Some conservation groups, however, don’t think rhino horn’s newfound popularity in Vietnam has much to do with the cancer cure-all rumor (pdf, p.2). The more likely reason, they say, is that the horn powder is increasingly seen as a cocaine-like party drug, virility enhancer and luxury item–“the alcoholic drink of millionaires,” as a Vietnamese news site called it. “(Rhino horns are made of keratin, the same protein found in human hair and fingernails, and there’s little evidence that they have curative value for anything).