Set­back for wildlife

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China has par­tially re­versed a ban on the use of rhino horn and tiger bones in both med­i­cal re­search and tra­di­tional medicine. Sci­en­tists say that nei­ther rhino horn nor tiger bone cure dis­eases, and have no medic­i­nal value. While the new rules say that the ma­te­ri­als must be ob­tained from farmed an­i­mals, con­ser­va­tion­ists say that China has opened the flood­gates for il­le­gal poach­ing – a ma­jor set­back for en­dan­gered wildlife pop­u­la­tions.

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