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.