Pangolins are officially out of Chinese traditional medicine
Beijing, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) China officially excluded the pangolin from the list of animals used in traditional medicine (CTM), after deciding to provide that animal with maximum protection due to the rapid decrease in population, local media reported.
According to the Global Times, the final version of the Chinese pharmacopeia for 2020 eliminated the coveted mammal, so its use in CTM has been prohibited.
The document will come into force on December 30 and is a joint work by the National Administration of Medical Products, the National Health Commission and other related departments of the State.
Experts and citizens favored that step to fight effectively the contraband of pangolins, whose scales are highly demanded due to their alleged benefits to treat arthritis, stimulate breastfeeding and increase men's virility.
On June 5, the Government announced the inclusion of that species among the first-level protected animals, like the panda, to stop indiscriminate hunting and the destruction of the environment.
According to Chinese law, that classification establishes sentences of more than 10 years in prison, life sentence and even the death penalty for killing, illegally buying, transporting or selling those animals and their byproducts.
Pangolins are believed to be the most trafficked mammal in the world, where nearly one million specimens have been victims of poaching over the last decade.
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