News Feature, 30th July 2018

South Africa Almost Doubles Annual Quota of Lion Bones Exported for Traditional Chinese Medicine

A major report on the practice has been published after South African ministers announced a near-doubling in the number of lion bones allowed to be exported. The bones are largely sold to Asian markets for use in virility products and traditional medicines. News of the new quota prompted outrage, with animal-welfare activists and organisations appealing directly to President Cyril Ramaphosa, saying the move would accelerate the drop in wild lion populations by fuelling poaching, and would undermine efforts to decrease demand for unscientific traditional medicines.

Author: DidiWamukoya

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