Source: Vice News.
“Rare animals are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for supposed health benefits, and are also consumed as a mark of status.”
GR: New laws place poached animals off limits, but only if the buyer knows the animal was poached.
“Profits for endangered species and their body parts are sky-high. Ivory can go for $1,000 a pound on the streets of Beijing, and the pangolin — an anteater whose scales are used to disperse blood stasis and promote pus discharge, and whose meat is considered a delicacy — can fetch up to $324 a dish at local restaurants. A report published in March noted that the pangolin is the world’s most heavily trafficked endangered animal.”
GR: Primitive beliefs become global problems as personal wealth rises.