China draws flak for lifting ban on rhino, tiger products

Nov 01, 2018, 7:50 AM EDT
(Source: sung ming whang/flickr)
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Conservation groups are fuming at China’s decision to reverse a ban on the sale of products made from endangered tigers and rhinos, which can now be traded and obtained for “medical research or in healing.”

The new directive says that tiger and rhino parts, widely used in Chinese traditional medicine for their purported healing powers, can be sourced only from farmed animals to be used in certain state-recognized hospitals, notes CNN.

The dwindling populations of tiger and rhinos could be heading for more misery with China’s move to lift ban as it allows smugglers and poachers to flourish in the shadow of legalized trade, reports ABC News.