Back in August 2017, IWB and the Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) questioned if the Republic of South Africa, Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA) could provide conclusive science that showed its “800 skeletons” lion bone trade quota does not pose a continent wide threat to wild lions in their home ranges (and wild tiger species in Asia), by perpetuating the demand for these species for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
In a research study published on 24 October 2017 – “A roaring trade? The legal trade in Panthera leo bones from Africa to East-Southeast Asia” the researchers have investigated the formation and the murky (criminal syndicate ridden) history of the lion bone trade’s growth, concluding:
“In African lion range states with no farmed lions, and/or those with smaller and/or less protected wild populations, vulnerability to poaching is…
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