Today is International Snow Leopard Day, a celebration of the beautiful and elusive big cat known as the ‘ghost of the mountain’. It is also a chance to renew focus on the price that illegal wildlife trade is exacting from this magnificent creature. The Snow Leopard Trust estimates there are somewhere between 3,290 and 6,390 […]
Last year we raised the alarm about a new Chinese Government policy which repealed a 25-year ban on use of tiger bone and rhino horn in traditional medicine. A document issued in March 2019 by the Government of Shaanxi Province appears to implement the new policy and makes no reference to the November 2018 claims that a full ban is in effect.
At a special All-Party Parliament China Group event yesterday (2 April), hosted by Rebecca Pow MP, MPs heard how international trade in the body parts of Asia’s endangered tigers and leopards is banned – but that they are still poached for their skins, bones, teeth and claws because of demand among Chinese consumers.