Lion bones in high demand - report

2012-04-28 14:33
Johannesburg - South Africa should push for a "decent" and "responsible" trade in lion bones or risk losing its wild lion population to poaching in the future, according to a report on Saturday

The Saturday Star reported that there was a surging demand for lion bones in Asia.

"There is a market, a need for lion body parts and this will grow in exactly the same manner as the market for ivory and rhino horn," said Dr Herman Els, manager of the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association.

"If you don't do a decent responsible trade... we will not achieve the situation we want..."

Lion bones were sought as a replacement for tiger bones and used in traditional medicine, the publication said.

"The Chinese believe there's a medicinal value attached to these animal parts and will continue to use them.

"Let’s not forget these animals are commodities like gold, eggs, [and] chicken."
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