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."

  • Wesley - 2012-04-28 14:41

    I know where there is a alot, the dead Lions on Coca Cola park

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-04-28 15:00

    Do they have big 5 in asia including sea food because they want every wild animal we have. They steal our treasures\r\nWhy they don't use other alternatives time they will be after Meercats up to Eagles n Vultures.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-28 15:50

      There are so many of them, there really is not much hope anymore now that they also have lots of money. They will make us wealthy in our trade with them, but poorer for what they are going to remove forever from our planet. I guess Els is pushing for industrial style lion farming, like the canned lion industry. Sometimes I think these creatures would be better off extinct - every value humans have is now measured in monetary terms, we are sick creatures. We are self destructing.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-30 11:25

      Yes, and our government doesn't pull the plug on trading with this primitive lot.

  • sachasea - 2012-04-28 15:39

    Geez is no animal safe anymore?!!! Leave them alone, your witch doctor nonsense doesn't work! Ground up panda penis and rhino horn and bear's bile?!!! Idiots

  • Sisa - 2012-04-28 15:47

    The whole world including WWF was there 2 help, donate funds etc when their Giant Panda needed 2 b saved frm extinction. Now they r being responsible for endangering our own wildlife?

  • Sisa - 2012-04-28 15:47

    The whole world including WWF was there 2 help, donate funds etc when their Giant Panda needed 2 b saved frm extinction. Now they r being responsible for endangering our own wildlife?

  • Gail - 2012-04-28 15:52

    I'm sick to death of these barbaric asian trolls. So now they want to kill off our lions aswell - is this government seriously thinking of "pandering" to their every whim????

  • themba.ntuli - 2012-04-28 16:27

    eish the want to go after simba now why why why why why why \r\ndoes natural selection makes certain branches of our species stupid because we now paying with our precious and fragile bio-diversity

  • Ferdie Van Der Merwe - 2012-04-28 17:18

    I think the media is also to blame. Why shout to the whole world that it's valuable? Now people will take advantage. Some things are better left unsaid

      Jacqui - 2012-04-30 11:27

      If things are left unsaid, how would we know our animals are in danger?.

  • spookhuis - 2012-04-29 13:02

    What do you expect from a race that still eats with two sticks.

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-04-30 11:00

    Why can't these people leave our animals alone??

      Jacqui - 2012-04-30 11:29

      They don't leave our animals alone because our governments doesn't make them leave them alone. It is as easy as that. Let government boycot these Asian countires and see how quick they will take steps to kill this horrible trade.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-30 11:24

    It makes one bloody sick.

  • revaro.winkler - 2012-04-30 11:50

    chinese uses anything they can thats why they wil be the last people left when the revolution comes

  • linda.pieters3 - 2012-05-01 09:15

    Geeeee they eat cats and dogs and heaven alone knows what else! What the hell is wrong with these people! As if there are so many lions available to make a trade. I say shoot the first poacher you see!!

  • Ingi - 2012-05-01 13:10

    The ugly, smelly, dirty bastards! How dare they??? What's next??? Is there nothing sacred anymore or appreciated or loved??? Why don't they all turn to canabalism and LEAVE the World's beautiful animal kingdom alone??? Ban them from coming to this Country!!! They are like scavangers, eating everything in sight!!!

  • Trevor - 2012-05-01 13:53

    Can't we go there and see what we can do with the Panda... (floor mats) but then...South africans are better people we love our WILD LIFE.

  • toni.petzer - 2012-05-01 14:16

    WTF is wrong with these people...are they going to eradicate all the animals on the African planet???? This makes me sick....just because they have raped everything in their own country???? No man...shoot the people not the animals!!!!

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