A Journey into the Black Market for Jaguar Parts: New Website

The Jaguar

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I have previously written about the emergence of a worrying market for jaguar body parts. For centuries, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have believed that consuming products made from certain animals can imbue users with special benefits.

Tiger parts are supposed to be especially powerful; curing ailments like arthritis and increasing men’s sexual potency. Commodities such as tiger bone wine and skins also serve as status symbols for the elite. As more people in China and Vietnam are able to afford such luxuries, the demand for prized animals parts increases (Sharif, 2014).

Poaching for traditional Chinese medicine has helped to decimate tigers. According to Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, there are only around 3,900 tigers left in the wild. In addition, they have lost 96% of their historic range. Now that tigers are harder to find…

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