Hugh is talking about the illegal trade in rhinoceros horns in Asia, and the resulting poaching in Africa created by high demand for the horns, which are an ingredient in herbal combinations treating everything from hangovers to cancer. The BBC news story on this subject may be found here.

Rhinoceros horns are composed of keratin, as are the hair or wool, claws, beaks, horns and hooves, scales, shells, feathers, and quills of both mammals and reptiles. Human hair and nails are also made of keratin. 

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