Environment & Energy Report

China Legalizes Use of Rhino Horn, Tiger Bone in Traditional Medicine (1)

Oct. 30, 2018, 5:58 PMUpdated: Oct. 30, 2018, 7:41 PM

Rhino horn and tiger bone from animals raised in China can now legally be used in traditional medicine, after China reversed a ban in place for a quarter century.

The practice of using parts from the endangered animals for traditional Chinese medicine had not been completely eradicated despite a ban in effect since 1993, and the Oct. 29 announcement by the State Council was couched as a way to impose “strict control.”

The government said it will allow officially licensed traditional Chinese medicinal practitioners to use ground up rhino horn and powdered tiger bones obtained only from licensed...

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