China’s New Wildlife Import Policy Poses Fresh Dangers to Tigers And Rhinos

China’s decision to lift a ban on rhinoceros horn and tiger bone imports may now make the animals easier targets for poachers and black marketers, a number of wildlife conservation experts say.

The Chinese government said that it is lifting the ban so that approved hospitals can use the imported bones and horns for “medicinal research or in healing.”

In announcing an end to the ban, China’s State Council said on October 29 that only animals in captivity would be used in the research and that this would exclude zoo animals.

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