A two-month old female White rhinoceros named Vita, stands next to her mother Donsa, in their enclosure at the Singapore Zoo on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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Nearly 1,200 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa last year, officials said Thursday, a slight decrease on 2014, but another year of carnage fueled by Asian-led demand for their horn.The soaring price of rhino horn and the poaching crisis has sparked a debate on whether to legalize sales in an attempt to stifle the lucrative black market trade.Legally dehorning a rhino would see a farm owner put the animal under anesthesia, then saw off the horn.A South African judge in November lifted a domestic ban on trade in rhino horn, alarming conservationists.South Africa is said to be home to around 20,000 rhinos, some 80 percent of the worldwide population.
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