As Tigers Become Rarer, Poachers Are Targeting Lions - use of animal parts to satisfy false health beliefs

10 September, 2019

We have discussed previously on HIFA how tigers, rhinos, pangolins, donkeys, leopards, Asiatic bears and other animals are hunted in the false belief (in parts of south-east Asia) that their body parts bring health benefits (as well as for use in jewelry). We now learn that lions too are hunted. Extract below. Full text here:


The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which regulates the global wildlife trade, prohibits commercial trade in the parts of wild African lions. But South Africa, which has thousands of captive-bred lions, can legally export their parts—up to 800 lion skeletons a year. According to CITES, most go to Laos and Vietnam, where the bones are used as a substitute for tiger bone wine, considered a status symbol and used for treating various ailments and giving the drinker the “strength of a tiger.”


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