Tiger penis

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Singapure – The New Paper

Animal products to avoid in Traditional Chinese medicine.


In pursuit of well-being and health, many of us are open to all forms of cures – some more ethical than others.

While Chinese medicine has been around for centuries and has its benefits, remedies that involve animal products that

foster the illegal trafficking industry have to come to an end.

Not just because they are directly harming animals, but also because they are endangering them to the point of extinction, often with no proven medicinal benefits as well.


Wild animals are an important ingredients for Tradtional Chinese Medicines. Why? Because people believe in it – the placebo effect.

But scientifically there is no value in using animals in medicines for people. On the contrary.

Due to TCM many wild animals have been haunted into (near) extinction, with large profits for TCM companies and Chinese mafia.

So please, either stop using TCM or demand that the use of wild animals in TCM is banned.

#tiger #tigernews

Bengal tiger

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India – Health Issues India

Traditional Chinese medicine: Regulation a must


Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) included a chapter on traditional medicine in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) for the first time – in what many perceived to be a boon to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). 

The ICD is an influential document. In the WHO’s own words, “ICD is increasingly used in clinical care and research to define diseases and study disease patterns, as well as manage health care, monitor outcomes and allocate resources.” Its impact spans more than 100 countries. While the WHO maintains that traditional Chinese medicine is not endorsed by its inclusion in the ICD, and that its inclusion merely represents an opportunity for “optional dual coding” (i.e. integrating traditional Chinese medicine and allopathic medicine into a treatment regimen), it was not perceived that way by many – including traditional Chinese medicine practitioners themselves. 


Traditional Chinese medicine is big business in China and beyond. It is worth US$130 billion in China, home to 3,966 TCM hospitals and 45,528 TCM clinics as of 2015, as well as being a US$60 billion+ global industry spanning 180 nations.

And TCM is the main cause for the mass killing of tigers, pangolins, bears and other endangered species.

If the United Nations knows this, how on earth it is possible that the World Health Organisation (WHO) includes a chapter on TCM in its influential International Classification of Diseases (ICD).

With this the WHO is institutionalising TCM, making it even more wanted and profitable.

Ergo, making it kill even more endangered animals.

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Tiger TCM

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Singapore – Asia One

Avoid these animal products in TCM - they are not as effective as claimed .


Not everything marketed to be good for you is true. When it comes to TCM, you’re better off avoiding these animal products. They’re both unethically derived and less effective than claimed.

In pursuit of wellbeing and health, many of us are open to all forms of cures – some more ethical than others.

While Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for centuries and has benefits, the remedies that involve animal products – such as deer penis, pangolin scales, bear bile – that foster billion-dollar illegal trafficking industries have to come to an end.


Spread the word.

Tiger TCM doesn’t work, just like TCM with pangolin scales, rhinoceros horn, bear bile or seahorse.

#tiger #tigernews

Captive tigers

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USA – Mongabay

Big Cat Trade Driven By Demand For Traditional Asian Medicine, According To Report.


Traditional Asian medicine is driving the growing international trade in big cat products and leading to the mistreatment of thousands of animals, according to a recent report.

Bones, blood, and other body parts of big cats are made into products such as balms, capsules, gels, and wines that practitioners of traditional Asian medicine believe to be able to cure ailments ranging from arthritis to meningitis, though in fact they’ve been found to have no provable health benefits. Even before the cats are killed, however, they’re treated more like products than living, breathing creatures, according to the report, released last month by the London-based NGO World Animal Protection.


Survey of World Animal Protection shows that the big cat trade is driven by the demand for traditional Chinese medicines (TCM).

This demand from China leads to extensive poaching, tiger farming, illegal wildllife trade, extortion and even instable governments.

Tiger TCM

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Sustainability Times

Traditional Chinese medicine Is A Scourge On Exotic Wildlife.


The illegal global wildlife trade is a multibillion-dollar business with much of it concentrated in Southeast Asia, according to a new report by the United Nations Office on Crime and Drugs.

Most of the trade in the parts of endangered and exotic species is conducted by international criminal syndicates and is intricately tied to other illegal activities from drug trafficking to people smuggling, the UNOCD says. “Organized crime groups are generating tens of billions of dollars in Southeast Asia from the cross-border trafficking and smuggling of illegal drugs and precursors, people, wildlife, timber and counterfeit goods,” the agency says.


Something that everybody in wildlife conservation already knows but what is not being tackled on a political level is the illegal  global wildlife trade, a multibillion-dollar business with much of it concentrated in Southeast Asia – fueled by TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicines.
If it was not so disastrous it would be funny that one UN office (UNODC) is ringing all alarm bells while the other (the World Health Organisation – WHO) is allowing TCM as an official cure – against all advice of expert organisations.


World Animal Protection has completed its first ever global, multiple-country examination of the supply chain feeding the insatiable demand for big cat products, such as tiger bone wine and traditional medicines.

Such products are popular in Asia despite the fact they have no proven medical benefits, and this study highlights the grave danger that animals such as lions and tigers, face as a result.

The organization’s research exposes how big cat farms are harvesting lions in South Africa and tigers in Asia to feed demand, as well as investigating attitudes towards these products from those who consume them.

Changsha customs

Customs of Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan Province, announced Tuesday that they have busted a smuggling case and seized 450 grams of products made from endangered animals.

The products were discovered in the luggage of a Chinese passenger who arrived at the Changsha Huanghua International Airport from Hong Kong in late June. The passenger previously worked in South Africa.

The products were withheld by the customs officials and later confirmed as made of pangolin scales and tiger bones. This is the first time tiger bones have been seized at the airport.

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