China has reversed a controversial decision to lift a 25-year-old ban on the use of tiger and rhino parts in science and traditional medicine after an outcry from environmental activists.
China had announced last month it would reverse the ban on the use of rhino and tiger parts for medicinal and scientific purposes.
Three strict bans – the import and export of rhinos, tigers and their by-products, the sale, purchase, transport, carrying and mailing of rhinos, tigers and their by-products and the use of rhino horns and tiger bones in medicine – will remain in force, a senior official from the State Council, China’s cabinet, said in a statement.
The decision to overturn the ban was “postponed after study,” the statement said.
The government will organise special crackdown campaigns with a focus on addressing the illegal trade in rhinos, tigers and their by-products, it added.