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A good example that legalizing trade does not reduce poaching. Poaching of lions has recently been increasing. It has sharply increased this year, and SA announced they allow the sale of hundreds of lion carcasses allegedly to be used for their bones in TCM.

The trade is legal, yet poaching isn't reduced but is increasing. Didn't the same thing happen with ivory? Yet people still argue allowing rhino horn trade is the best remedy against rhino poaching...Rhino poaching was on a downward trend. Recently the domestic sale of rhino horn within SA was allowed, we'll see what happens with the future trend of rhino poaching. But this news from lions isn't promising.

 

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/poachers-target-lions-in-limpopo-20170825 

 

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in 2015  the bone trade was  dealt  with in great detail by Traffic and widcru, please  see http://www.traffic.org/home/2015/7/16/new-study-throws-light-on-south-africas-lion-bone-trade.html 

 

More recently  the environmental investigation agency has issued a brief but important report called THE LION'S SHARE  on the extent of the captive bone trade  industry ,how it threatens wild lions and is used  as a cover for the trade in tiger body parts  https://eia-international.org/wp-content/uploads/The-Lions-Share-FINAL.pdf

 

any trade which organised crime is involved in fundamentally can't be trusted

 

According to the EIA report lions have never been used in Chinese medicine , they are just a means for dealers to put more product on the market and claim that it comes from a  tiger  

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