…wildlife advocates fear that local ports serve as smuggling hubs for tiger parts and are pushing some of the nation’s toughest anti-tiger trafficking laws.
What fuels the demand for illicit tiger-related products? And where can shoppers find these items for sale?
A World Wild Life Fund study in 2004 found traditional Chinese medicines made from exotic animal bones are available at stores in Flushing, Queens and Manhattan’s Chinatown — not far from New Jersey’s ports.
Investigators found medicines made from tiger bone, rhino horn, bear gall, musk grains and leopard bones — all species that are classified as endangered in the U.S. Parts from these species have been strictly regulated since the passage of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora passed in 1975.
Tip: @SLSingh on Twitter. (Simon Singh)
These products are sold as TCM – traditional Chinese medicine. There is no evidence or even plausibility that they work. See our earlier story linked below that show how this demand for useless “medicine” is killing tigers, rhinos and other exotic animals.