According to the World Wildlife Fund, over the past decade, the scale of the illegal killing of rhinoceroses has increased by 9,000% and a year kills more than 1,000 animals Only for the sake of their horns, which are considered so valuable that adventurers are ready to take any risk – it will pay off. But what if you try to flood the underground market of potions and potions with false horns and thereby ruin it?
The idea is simple – rhino horns almost entirely consist of a substance of keratin, which is in ordinary hair ah. It has no proven healing power, you can just as easily sweep the floor in the barber shop and cook “medicine” with identical organoleptic properties. And if you do not want to buy alchemist dubious pounded hash, you can print a “horn” the 3D-printer.
Throwing such horns on the market, you can knock down the prices of raw materials and make hunts for real rhinos less profitable. Plus, more people can buy the coveted potion with the placebo effect, and it will cease to be a scarce commodity. And if someone recognizes a fake, then it is not a sin and to throw misinformation, provoking trade wars between the suppliers-poachers and their clients.
But this plan has a colossal flaw. Nowadays express DNA analysis is no longer a curiosity, and if traders have a reason to spend so much money on checking horns, then the fake will be revealed quickly. And then the opposite effect will happen – the gray mass of buyers will sell keratin fakes, and the real horns of rhinoceroses will become even more scarce, expensive and in demand.