Update: After receiving worldwide condemnation, China reversed the decision that would have allowed the trade of tiger and rhino products. "We enthusiastically applaud the Chinese government for their decision to temporarily reinstate the country’s ban on the use of tiger and rhino parts in medicine — a practice that has long been known as a hidden in plain sight thoroughfare for the illegal wildlife trade," John Goodrich, senior director of Panthera's tiger program, said in a statement. "This is a tremendously encouraging step in the right direction and we strongly advocate for China to make the decision to prioritize the survival of the tiger, rhino and other precious wildlife species permanent.”
China just issued an announcement that is causing public outcry across the world.
Even though the buying and selling of tiger and rhino body parts in China has been banned for the past 25 years, suddenly the State Council announced that the domestic trade of these endangered animal parts would be allowed once again, if sourced from the country's captive tigers and rhinos.