"Rhinos are in real crisis," Mark Jones, a veterinarian and associate director at the Born Free Foundation, said in a statement. "Thousands have been brutally slaughtered by poachers over recent years, to supply horn into illegal markets mainly in Vietnam and China. The killing of Vince at Thoiry zoo near Paris marks a new low for these beleaguered ancient and noble creatures, and undermines the considerable efforts being made to protect remaining rhinos from poachers and reduce demand in consumer countries through public education programs."
"It is vital that every effort is made to apprehend the poachers and bring them to justice, and to prevent the horn entering the illegal trade," Jones added. "Any trade in rhino horn fuels demand, encourages poachers and traffickers, and puts more rhinos at risk."