DHARAMSALA, Oct 31: China has lifted a law that bans the trade of tiger bones and rhino horn, a decision that has left the animal conservationists a worried lot as they fear that it may sound death threat to the two endangered species in the wild.
The revised law now allows the use of endangered tiger and rhino products for medical research or traditional medicine.
However, according to National Geographic, the materials have no proven medicinal value in humans, and conservationists call the move a major setback for wild populations of the two endangered animals.
The move was widely criticised animal conservationists and wildlife activist as it will increase the demand for the animals and jeopardise efforts to protect them.
“It is deeply concerning that China has reversed its 25-year-old tiger bone and rhino horn ban, allowing a trade that will have devastating consequences globally,” said Margaret Kinnaird, Wildlife Practice Leader of WWF, the world’s leading conservation organization.
The communist regime announced the controversial revised law earlier this week on Monday which in a statement issued by the Communist regime’s State Council which states that powdered forms of rhino horn and bones from dead tigers could be used in “qualified hospitals by qualified doctors”.
The statement further said that the animal products can only be obtained from farms and that the Parts from those animals classified as “antiques” could be used in cultural exchanges if approved by the cultural authorities.
The directive reverses a 25-year-old ban put in place by Beijing on the international trade in tiger bones and rhino horns, both valued for their purported healing powers in Chinese traditional medicine.