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China relaxes ban on tiger and rhino parts for ‘special’ purposes

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30.10.2018

THE Chinese government has eased a decades-old ban on the use of rhino horn and tiger parts for some medical and cultural purposes, drawing outrage from wildlife conservation groups.

On Monday, the groups issued pointed statements against China’s state council over a notice released which relaxed the 1993 ban on the trade of tiger bones and rhino horn, according to Reuters.

While the sale, import and export of such products remain illegal, the new notice allows them to be used under “special circumstances”, like medical and scientific research, education, and for “cultural exchanges”.

The council said the bones of tigers or horns of rhinos that were bred in captivity for medical research or for treatment of critical illnesses.

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