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On World Rhino Day, 2,500 horns turned to ashes in Assam

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 23, Sep 2021
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  • The “world’s largest stockpile” of rhino horns was consigned to flames in eastern Assam’s Bokakhat, the headquarters of the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve, amid Vedic rituals on Wednesday.
  • This event was aimed to convey to the world that rhino horns are just a mass of compacted hair and they have no medicinal value.
  • This was the second mass burning of animal body parts in eastern India.
  • A stockpile of rhino horns and elephant tusks was burnt in West Bengal’s Chilapatha forest (Alipurduar district) in 2005-06.

World Rhino Day

  • World Rhino Day is celebrated on September 22 every year 
  • It celebrates all five species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.
  • World Rhino Day was first announced by WWF-South Africa in 2010.