EIA research reveals that at least twenty-four Chinese pharmaceutical companies have been listing leopard bones as an ingredient in their traditional medicines, although there are fewer than 450 wild leopards left in that country.
With the announcement that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress will make revisions to China’s Wildlife Protection Law, the country’s primary piece of legislation covering wildlife conservation and trade, EIA has prepared comments and specific recommendations (in English and Chinese) to urge positive changes for wildlife.
Despite the rapid proliferation of organised Vietnamese wildlife trafficking networks driving illegal wildlife trade globally, the response from the Government of Vietnam has been inadequate and disproportionate to the scale of wildlife trafficking implicating Vietnamese criminal groups.
Unchecked demand for tiger parts and products is now threatening all of the world’s big cats. This visual briefing introduces the different ways in which big cat parts are processed and consumed, major trade hubs and routes, and policies that are undermining efforts to reduce demand.
Leopards are Asia's most traded big cat, with more than 4,900 seized from illegal trade in Asia since 2000, new evidence indicates the Government of China is issuing permits to trade and use their bones. The trade in leopard bones is primarily to meet demand from Chinese consumers; used in similar ways to tiger bone