In 2010, the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies actually came out against using these products. Yet China's announcement seems to fly in defiance of such steps forward.
Last year, it seemed like China was devoted to making progress for endangered species by closing all of its ivory factories and shops, where the tusks of so many endangered elephants slaughtered across Africa were carved and sold.
“At a single stroke, China has shattered its reputation as a growing leader in conservation following its domestic ban on the sale of ivory at the start of the year," Debbie Banks, tiger campaign leader for the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), said. “It is instead revealed as a sham, its international image in tatters and its credibility destroyed — and all for the sake of deeply questionable business sectors which serve only to drive consumer demand for the parts and products of endangered species."