China Underground > China News > China lifts ban on trade of tiger bones and rhino horn

China lifts ban on trade of tiger bones and rhino horn

Animal conservationists, and experts are alarmed by the Chinese decision to lift the ban on trade of tiger bones and rhinoceros horns.

Related articles: animal abuse in traditional Chinese medicine

Rhinoceroses and tigers are endangered species, whose trade in China had been wisely forbidden in 1993.

On Monday, however, the ban was removed, and now it is allowed to use parts of these animals for “scientific”, “medical” and cultural use.

There is no need to add that rhinoceros horns and tiger penises are remedies related to superstition and there is no scientific evidence of their effectiveness.

This decision could put at risk the efforts made so far to protect these endangered species.

 

If you like this article, please help us by making a donation so that we can continue our work. Please help keep us independent.

 

Rhinoceros and tiger parts are used in traditional Chinese medicine, and are prescribed to “cure” a wide variety of diseases, including fever, gout, insomnia, meningitis, infertility, etc.

According to the government announcement, the state council has decreed that the powders obtained from rhino horns and tiger bones will be used in “qualified hospitals, by qualified doctors”.

Furthermore, parts of the animals may be used for antiquarian use in cultural exchanges.

According to the WWF, this decision will have devastating consequences, and represents an unpredictable step back decades.

Source: BBC

 


Subscribe to China Underground and get the free magazine 'Planet China'

* indicates required

View previous campaigns.

By clicking Sign Up, you agree to our terms and conditions.

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Previous

China to boost Antarctic access with new airstrip

China’s manufacturing growth drops to two years low

Next

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.