China lifts ban on sale of rhino and tiger parts

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China yes­ter­day de­fended eas­ing a 25-year ban on trad­ing tiger bones and rhi­noc­eros horns, af­ter con­ser­va­tion­ists warned it had signed a “death war­rant” for en­dan­gered species. On Mon­day, China’s State Coun­cil said it would al­low the sale of rhino and tiger prod­ucts un­der “spe­cial cir­cum­stances”. Those in­clude sci­en­tific re­search, sales of cul­tural relics and “med­i­cal re­search or in healing”. Pre­vi­ous reg­u­la­tions had not con­sid­ered the “rea­son­able needs of re­al­ity”, for­eign min­istry spokesman Lu Kang said. But the coun­try had im­proved its “law en­force­ment mech­a­nism” and is to crack down on il­le­gal wildlife trad­ing. China pro­hib­ited the trade of rhino horn and tiger bones in 1993 but a black mar­ket has since flour­ished. The coun­cil said the new reg­u­la­tions would be strictly con­trolled.

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