The Government of China has revealed it allows commercial trade in tiger bone and rhino horn from farmed animals for use in traditional Chinese medicine research and clinical treatments, a brazen and regressive move which drastically undermines international efforts for tiger and rhino conservation
These meetings assess the progress made by countries on key issues of wildlife and timber trade, as set out in CITES. We persistently advocate robust measures for the protection of wild fauna and flora. This 70th meeting was a busy one with a lot to digest, here’s a summary of the key issues with which we engaged
After more than 20 years of commitment to protecting wild tigers, Tiger Campaign Leader Debbie Banks has been recognised with an international award for her work. She was attending a meeting of Interpol’s Wildlife Crime Working Group in London when she was presented with the Dr Rimington Award by HRH Prince William
Leopards are Asia’s most trafficked big cat, with more than 4,900 seized from illegal trade in Asia since 2000 – but despite this, new evidence indicates the Government of China is issuing permits to trade and use their bones to produce health tonics and used to produce traditional ‘medicines’
The Chinese Government has permitted a commercial trade in 1,230.5 kg of leopard bone between pharmaceutical companies which represents the bones of more than 100 leopards. Widespread trade in leopard bone wine in China is concerning as it drives poaching and decimates wild populations of leopards and other big cats.
Not satisfied with pushing wild tigers to the brink of extinction, the Chinese ‘tonic wine’ industry is now driving demand for leopard bones. We are appalled that leopard bone products are still being promoted in China. The use of big cat bones to produce ‘tonic’ wines is a major driver of illegal trade and poaching