Now this is a news that has brought relief among various animal conservation groups. China has decided to reinforce the ban on the sale and use of tiger and rhino parts for medicine, research and other purposes following massive international protests.
In October, China alarmed animal rights activists around the world when it weakened a 25-year-old ban on the trading of the animal parts. Conservationists said it would be akin to signing a “death warrant” for already endangered tiger and rhino populations.
Ding Xuedong, the executive deputy secretary-general, said that the October regulation was “postponed after study.”
China will continue to enforce its 1993 ban on the import, export and sale of rhinos, tigers and their byproducts, he said.