Rhino horn is made up primarily of keratin, the key structural component of our hair and nails. Above the growth point (like the quick of our nails), the material is dead and removal of this material does not harm the animal. Rhinos sometimes lose their horns naturally, for example, in a fight. It simply grows back. Rhino horn grows throughout the animal's life. If we harvest it by cutting it off above the growth point, it grows back again and we can harvest more horn in a few year's time. Rhino horn is therefore a renewable resource, which can be obtained without having to harm the animal. Yet, hundreds of rhinos are being poached annually to satisfy the Asian demand.
Read our 7 good reasons to legalize rhino horn trade.