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China | Reversing recent decision, government restores ban on use of rhino, tiger parts

China has backtracked on a recent decision to legalize the “controlled” use of rhino and tiger parts for cultural and medicinal use.

In an announcement on Oct. 29, the Chinese government said it would permit the use of rhino horn and tiger bone, obtained from farmed animals, for medical purposes, and the use of powdered forms of the products in traditional Chinese medicine by “qualified doctors” in “qualified hospitals.” Trade in rhino and tiger parts that qualified as “cultural relics” would also be allowed.

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