This is heartbreaking news. We must put an end to the senseless greed. “Only 29,000 rhinos are left on Earth, in significantly fewer numbers than the roughly 440,000 elephants remaining. Rhino and elephant populations in Asia and Africa are in crisis primarily because of consumer demand for rhino horn and elephant ivory.”
Statement on China’s Legalization of Domestic Trade in Rhino Horn and Tiger Bone
China’s decision to legalize the use of rhino horn and tiger bone in traditional medicine is cause for great concern for rhinos and tigers and also for the international collaborations actively working to save these species from extinction.
The International Rhino Foundation urges China to reverse this recent policy decision and to more effectively implement its total ban on rhino horn and tiger bone trade. The changed policy will complicate regulation and undermine efforts to reduce demand for rhino horn, tiger bone, and other rare animal products. By legitimizing consumer demand, this policy will be detrimental to wild rhino populations.
The new policy reverses China’s 25-year ban on the use of rhino products. After the 1993 law prohibiting rhino horn use was enacted, rhino populations expanded during a decade of greatly reduced poaching, until new…
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