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Concern after China lifts ban


Calling on governments to put pressure on China

Cape Town 30.10.2018 – Shocking news and a major step backwards in ending the tiger trade. China has announced that it will allow horn and bone products from captive bred animals to be traded with use supposedly restricted to antiques and in hospitals. This is another reason why the European Union must ban commercial tiger trade ensuring tigers do not end up in China and they are never bred and traded for traditional medicines and for commercial benefit.

“Over the past 25 years the ban on the use of rhino and tiger products has played a crucial role in tackling this unacceptable trade. With wild tiger and rhino populations already declining at an alarming rate, the decision to overturn the ban is a major step backwards which will only fuel further demise of these iconic wild animals. It also casts light on the lack of legitimacy of captive breeding programmes that have no genuine conservation benefits and completely ignore the welfare of the animals in question,” says dr. Jackson Tzuie Zee, Interim SE Asia Hub Director, FOUR PAWS International.


“CITES clearly states that intensive breeding of tigers is not allowed internationally, which raises the question: Where will there animals come from? This opens the door for too many devious practices and is of great concern to us,” says Fiona Miles, FOUR PAWS South Africa country director.

Tiger bone and rhino horn trade was banned in 1993 by China. The World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies released a statement in 2010 urging members not to use tiger bone or any other parts from endangered species.

According to Miles, the domestic trade of these products has created a market and will continue to contribute to the onslaught against these species. It is a step backwards for the conservation efforts that animal welfare organisations have been fighting for years.

“Governments across the globe will have to put pressure on China not reverse the 25 year old ban. We hope that our campaign to end tiger trade in the EU will be successful and that this will pave the way to prevent China for legalising domestic trade in these animals. We urge everyone to sign this petition and to ensure the well-being of our animals,” Miles concluded.

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Issued by: MJ Lourens – Four Paws South Africa: Head of Communication
Direct queries/interview requests to: or +27 82 922 9046

Issued on behalf of: Fiona Miles – Four Paws South Africa: Country Director

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