Tiger Bones and Rhino Horns Are No Longer Banned for Medicine in China

China is lifting a 25-year ban on using tiger and rhinoceros parts in medicine, the government announced Tuesday, despite the fact that both these animals are still facing extinction in many parts of the world. The ban was introduced in 1993 and prohibited the sale or trade of any tiger or rhinoceros body parts for any use throughout China. But this week, China’s State Council announced it was lifting the ban if the parts come from farmed animals and are used or research or healing at accredited hospitals, or if they are antiques. But the threats against tigers and rhinos have not abated much in the 25 years since the ban was enacted, particularly for some species like the black rhino and populations like the siberian tiger. “If anything, it’s gotten way worse in the past decade,” John Goodrich, Chief Scientist and Tiger Program Senior Director for Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, told me over the phone

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