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Artist mails toenails to Chinese embassy in rhino protest

Published on Oct 24, 2012 8:03 PM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - A South African artist has mailed his toenails to the Chinese embassy in Pretoria to protest against the trade in rhino horn which is fuelled by demand for Asian medicines.

In a YouTube protest video Mark Wilby, out of "a sense of horror and powerlessness," called on compatriots to post their toenails, fingernails or hair to Beijing's diplomatic representation.

"I'm sending this to the Chinese embassy in South Africa, not because I am blaming the Chinese government, or the Chinese people, I just don't know who else to appeal to," Mr Wilby narrates, over shocking pictures of rhino mutilated for their horns.

Around 455 rhino have been killed in South Africa this year already, more than the whole of 2011.

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