A Queens man was busted last week for his alleged involvement in a Rhino smuggling ring.
Qing Wang, a Queens resident, was among the three men arrested for their alleged involvement in the ring.
According to a release from the U.S Department of Justice, Wang had a role in smuggling libation cups carved from rhinoceros horns from Hong Kong to New York.
Wang would purchase the cups in the United States and send them to Zhifei Li, another person who was arrested for being in the ring, in Hong Kong.
According to the release, there is a tradition in China that drinking from a cup made out of the horns would bring good health and is highly coveted by people who collect the cups.
The population of Rhinoceros has steadily decreased since the 1970s because of the demand and premium that are placed on its horn.
The species is considered endangered and are protected under the U.S. and international law.
Rhinos everywhere are safer now…