Chinese medicine has superstitious aspects, like rhino horn and tiger bits enhancing male potency. While Chinese authorities are all for wildlife conservation, traditionally they’d allowed bits of these animals as long as they were captive, and bred for the purpose. Naturally, when a poacher kills wild animals, the harvested parts look the same, so these magnificent, intelligent animals are being hunted to extinction.
There was an absolute ban on using rhino and tiger in “medical” preparations, but recently it was relaxed. Such a storm of protest arose that, terrific, the ban has been reinstated “for now.”
See, public reactions work, even with the Chinese. Let’s stay vigilant, and protect nature against homo stupidens.