China is a critical market for animal contraband. Some scientists fear the official commitment to conservation may be wavering.
China has appeared to backtrack on a controversial decision to lift a ban on trading tiger bones and rhinoceros horns, saying it has been postponed, state media reported on Monday.
When it comes to hiding exotic animals, wildlife officials say they’ve seen it all. From tigers stuffed in a duffel bag to cobras concealed in a potato chip can, animal smugglers have become more imaginative when sneaking dangerous creatures from the wilderness to a backyard near you.
The Chinese government, reversing a 25-year ban, announced on Monday that it would allow the use of rhinoceros horns and tiger bones in medicine, a move that environmentalists described as a significant setback for efforts to protect the animals.