Thursday, 16 July 2015
NEWSLINK: Tiger-trade crackdown boosts lion-bone sales
A crackdown on illegal tiger products in China has created a soaring trade in lion bones from South Africa to Asia, ecologists say.
Alleged ‘tiger’-infused wines and traditional medicines are popular in China. But when the country tightened its rules on selling parts from tigers and other Asian big cats in 2006 and 2007, it may have "inadvertently set off a chain reaction of interlinking and unexpected events" that led to the bones of African lions being exported to fill the gap in demand, according to a 16 July study. The report is published jointly by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at the University of Oxford, UK, and the international wildlife organization TRAFFIC.