“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?