TCM Is A Torture For Wildlife.

Tiger TCM

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Sustainability Times

Traditional Chinese medicine Is A Scourge On Exotic Wildlife.

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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.

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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.