I literally just announced that I was going to take a short break from blogging, then I made the mistake of checking Twitter. Here is what I saw at the top of my feed:
This is nuts. During a time when poaching for the inane traditional Chinese medicine trade is driving the declines of species like rhinos and tigers, China decided to roll back protections for these animals. As Panthera’s press release states, legalizing the use of rhino and tiger parts in traditional Chinese medicine is legalizing these species’ extinctions.
There is no evidence that potions made from the parts of animals like tigers and rhinos cure the wide range of symptoms they are reputed to treat – or increase the sexual prowesses of old men.
If the Chinese government has any self-respect, it will follow Panthera’s advice to reinstate the bans on the uses of tiger and rhino parts. It will also do more to protect these remarkable creatures from poaching.
To be fair, however, if a certain other government has any self-respect it will reverse nearly every decision it has made in the past two years regarding the environment. For entirely unrelated reasons, I would like to remind my American readers to get out and vote on or before November 6.
I will now attempt to resume my temporary hiatus: hopefully for longer than three hours this time.