Daily Archives: April 25, 2013

As Tigers Go Extinct, Chinese Medicine Switches to Lions

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“Since 2008, by which time there had been a huge drop in the number of tigers in the wild, traders from countries such as China and Vietnam have been taking an interest in South African lions. Chinese medicine has traditionally used the powdered bones of tigers to cure many illnesses, such as rheumatism, ulcers and stomach aches. Tiger bones have also been credited with boosting virility in men. Apparently, now that the tiger population is waning, lions will do the trick.”

“In South Africa, lion bones are selling for around $165 per kilo (2.2 pounds). That’s about $5,000 for a full skeleton. The skull is worth another $1,100, the Guardian reports. Everyone’s making money from the lions: recently South African officials reported an increase in the number of permits they’re issuing for export of lion bones from certified trophy dealers. This means that tourists come to the country and pay big money to take part in a controlled hunt, but if they don’t want to keep the body or bones of the lion, the breeders can strip the lion and sell its bones for a handsome profit to Chinese and Southeast Asian dealers.”

I was willing to go along with this style of Eastern medicine since it had been around for so long and that maybe there was something to it. I just hated that they were wiping out the species without a second thought. But this right here just proved to me that there’s nothing to it at all if they can simply swap out one animal with another and say that this “new” one works now too. Can they please just stop already?

Search for Survivors after Dhaka building collapse

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“Police said the factory owners had ignored warnings not to allow their workers into the building after cracks were noticed on Tuesday. The High Court has summoned the building owner and senior management staff of the factories to appear before judges on 30 April, local media report. The factory owners are said to have gone into hiding.”

“Primark, a clothes retailer with a large presence in Britain, confirmed that one of its suppliers was on the second floor of the Rana Plaza. It said it was “shocked and deeply saddened by the appalling incident” and that it would work with other retailers to review standards. Discount giant Wal-Mart – which was found to be sourcing products from the Tazreen factory – said it was still trying to establish whether its goods were being produced at the Rana Plaza.

“We remain committed and are actively engaged in promoting stronger safety measures, and that work continues,” said Wal-Mart spokesman Kevin Gardner.

A company called New Wave, with two factories in the building, supplies firms from around Europe, the US and Canada.”

Just make sure you keep those numbers up. That’s all that’s important, right? -_-