GOOD NEWS! Ban on Trade of Rhino Horn and Tiger Parts in China Still Stands
19 November 2018
In October 2018, China’s government announced a decision that outraged conservation groups worldwide. China was planning to lift the 25-year-old ban on the trade of rhino horn and tiger parts.
The Chinese government argued that the use was only for ‘medical research’, using animals bred in captivity. Environmental groups spoke out against the plan and addressed the devastating effects. It is not possible to discern the difference between animals from the wild and from captivity once they have been destroyed.
Both tigers and Rhinos are endangered species. A black market for the use of parts of the animals already puts a lot of pressure on the population of wildlife. This lift would only make this pressure worse. It would confuse consumers and authorities about what is considered legal and what is not.
Postpone the decision
A few weeks later the official Xinhua News Agency reported that, after further study, they have decided to postpone the decision.
It is not clear if it would be permanent, but at this moment the old ban is still in force. This means that they prohibit the import and export, sale, transport, carrying and use of rhino horns and tiger bones.
This case proves again that public opinion and protest does have an effect, which is good news for these beautiful animals, who are part of the Big Five, and reserves all over the world, including the beautiful Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Wilderness area.
Original article: Reuters.com