Petition: How Traditional Chinese Medicine is Contributing to Species Extinction

Petition: How Traditional Chinese Medicine is Contributing to Species Extinction

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is flourishing at the expense of animals. Many traditional medicines require endangered animals and often runs rampant on rumors of effective treatment.

Rhino populations quickly diminished as a rumor about a politician being cured of cancer by a . Three species are now extinct thanks to demand for . Demand that was based on no scientific evidence.

Dr. John Goodrich, chief scientist and tiger program senior director at global wildcat conservation organization Panthera, told the Southeast Asia Globe, ” It is very clear that today the primary driver of is Traditional Asian Medicine. And there is no evidence that this is likely to abate in the near future.”

Traditional Chinese medicines have a long-rooted history in the country and are now pushed by those that want to cement national pride. Now, the market is valued at $130 billion annually, according to The State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Other famous remedies include donkey parts, bear bile, scales and tiger bones. Items like horns, ivory or tiger bones are banned in parts of Asia but still flourishes.

Some progress has been made. Kenya has banned the export of donkeys for Chinese medicine and according to international legal expert Shirleen Chin, “The fight against illegal trade of rhino horn and ivory has gained much political traction mainly because these products are easily distinguishable.”

But there is still a lot of room for improvement. Samyukta Chemudupati, forensic trainer and expert at WCT, told the Southeast Asia Globe, “Illegal wildlife trade is driven by the demands of the traditional Chinese medicine.” We must stop the illegal wildlife trade to help save animals.

You can help by signing this to ban the wildlife trade.

This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 29 May 2020. Lead Image Source : JONATHAN PLEDGER/

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Irene Leggett
Irene Leggett

Its absolutely ludicrous that in the 21st century, these brain-dead, stupid, ignorant ASIAN masses still believe that these FAKE, BOGUS medicines actually cure ALL their ailments, cool them in the summer, heat them in the winter AND make the pea-brained ‘men’ more virile….as if the rest of the world wants any more of these pathetic excuses for human beings on the planet. Its tragic that they are slowly destroying many different species’ with abuse, torture, torment and killing just for the sake of crazy beliefs and idiotic ideas.

Ankie Ellajdel

I signed and shared this 7 Years ago !!!!

Joyce Dixon Dannheim

Gladly signed. These useless magic potions need to be abolished

Rikki Salty

there is no evidence to show any of these so called trad medicines using horns etc work…why would anyone destroy species of animals for these ignorant beliefs…so sad….so STOP taking bile from bears, bones from tigers & horns from rhinos….it just cruel & unnecessary

Anita Scanlon

Signed already