Traditional Chinese Medicine should be banned

Rhinoceros and tiger bones are not MEDICINE

Surprisingly, China wants to approve the trade in rhinoceros powder and tiger bones. In the future, the products should again be used in traditional Chinese medicine, even though they have no medicinal effect. Rhinos and tigers are acutely threatened with extinction from poaching.

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To: Government of the People's Republic of China

"China must maintain the trade ban on rhinoceros powder and tiger bones - the animals are threatened with extinction."

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25 years ago (1993) China banned the trade in rhinoceros horns and tiger parts. The products were removed from the pharmacopoeia of traditional Chinese medicine in response to the massive poaching of animals and the lack of medicinal properties.

The Chinese government now wants to re-authorize the trade for “healing purposes and for research”. There is no scientific evidence that the animal parts can heal humans. Rhino is made of keratin, the same material as our hair and fingernails.

This inevitably increases demand and trade in such products, even if the announcement is only intended to apply to captive-bred animals. Experience with ivory shows that the legal trade in parts of wild animals is closely linked to poaching and can hardly be separated. In addition, the trade in "ancient" tiger and rhinoceros products for private use is to be permitted.

The lifting of the trade ban sends a fatal signal for the poaching of endangered species. Poachers shoot the animals illegally because there is a demand for the animal parts and the trade in them is a billion-dollar business. Legalization continues to put pressure on these rare species.

The decision is a severe blow to global species protection. It could finally abandon the animals to species death.

Please urge the Chinese government to maintain the trade ban.

Backgrounds

The black rhinoceros is classified as critically endangered, the last stage before extinction. The West African black rhinoceros, a subspecies of the black rhinoceros, has been considered extinct since 2011.

The tiger and its subspecies are also threatened with extinction. There are only between 2,150 and 3,150 tigers left in nature around the world, and the trend is continuing to decline.

Cover letter

To: Government of the People's Republic of China

Dear Sirs and Madames,

We were shocked to learn that the Chinese government wants to re-authorize the trade in rhinoceros powder and tiger bones for "medical and scientific" purposes.

There is no scientific evidence whatsoever for the medical effectiveness of animal products.

The decision sends a fatal signal for poaching and is a severe blow to global species protection. It could finally abandon the animals to species death. In practice, legal and illegal goods can hardly be separated, as experience from the ivory trade shows.

Please keep the trade ban.

Sincerely

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