Tiger Bone And Rhino Horn

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Tiger Bone Rhino Horn

Author : Richard Ellis
ISBN : 1597269530
Genre : Nature
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In parts of Korea and China, moon bears, black but for the crescent-shaped patch of white on their chests, are captured in the wild and brought to "bear farms" where they are imprisoned in squeeze cages, and a steel catheter is inserted into their gall bladders. The dripping bile is collected as a cure for ailments ranging from an upset stomach to skin burns. The bear may live as long as fifteen years in this state. Rhinos are being illegally poached for their horns, as are tigers for their bones, thought to improve virility. Booming economies and growing wealth in parts of Asia are increasing demand for these precious medicinals. Already endangered species are being sacrificed for temporary treatments for nausea and erectile dysfunction. Richard Ellis, one of the world's foremost experts in wildlife extinction, brings his alarm to the pages of Tiger Bone & Rhino Horn, in the hope that through an exposure of this drug trade, something can be done to save the animals most direly threatened. Trade in animal parts for traditional Chinese medicine is a leading cause of species endangerment in Asia, and poaching is increasing at an alarming rate. Most of traditional Chinese medicine relies on herbs and other plants, and is not a cause for concern. Ellis illuminates those aspects of traditional medicine, but as wildlife habitats are shrinking for the hunted large species, the situation is becoming ever more critical. One hundred years ago, there were probably 100,000 tigers in India, South China, Sumatra, Bali, Java, and the Russian Far East. The South Chinese, Caspian, Balinese, and Javan species are extinct. There are now fewer than 5,000 tigers in all of India, and the numbers are dropping fast. There are five species of rhinoceros--three in Asia and two in Africa--and all have been hunted to near extinction so their horns can be ground into powder, not for aphrodisiacs, as commonly thought, but for ailments ranging from arthritis to depression. In 1930, there were 80,000 black rhinos in Africa. Now there are fewer than 2,500. Tigers, bears, and rhinos are not the only animals pursued for the sake of alleviating human ills--the list includes musk deer, sharks, saiga antelope, seahorses, porcupines, monkeys, beavers, and sea lions--but the dwindling numbers of those rare species call us to attention. Ellis tells us what has been done successfully, and contemplates what can and must be done to save these animals or, sadly, our children will witness the extinction of tigers, rhinos, and moon bears in their lifetime.
Category: Nature
Tiger Bone & Rhino Horn
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Richard Ellis
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-02-22 - Publisher: Island Press

In parts of Korea and China, moon bears, black but for the crescent-shaped patch of white on their chests, are captured in the wild and brought to "bear farms" where they are imprisoned in squeeze cages, and a steel catheter is inserted into their gall bladders. The dripping bile is
Rhinoceros Horn and Tiger Bone in China
Language: en
Pages: 49
Authors: Judy A. Mills
Categories: Endangered species
Type: BOOK - Published: 1997-01-01 - Publisher:

In China, domestic trade in both tiger and rhinoceros products has been banned since 1993 and the maximum penalty for illicit trade is death. However, in this report TRAFFIC documents that Tiger and rhinoceros-based and traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) continue to be available.
Rhino and Tiger Conservation
Language: en
Pages: 262
Authors: USGPO Staff, United States, United States. Congress. House. Committee on Resources. Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife, and Oceans, Usgpo
Categories: Government publications
Type: BOOK - Published: 1998 - Publisher:

Books about Rhino and Tiger Conservation
Engaging Countries
Language: en
Pages: 615
Authors: Edith Brown Weiss, Harold Karan Jacobson
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000 - Publisher: MIT Press

This study systematically examines how states implement and comply with international environmental accords.
Dodging Extinction
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Anthony D. Barnosky
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-10-01 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

Paleobiologist Anthony D. Barnosky weaves together evidence from the deep past and the present to alert us to the looming Sixth Mass Extinction and to offer a practical, hopeful plan for avoiding it. Writing from the front lines of extinction research, Barnosky tells the overarching story of geologic and evolutionary