The Chinese strident demand for rhino horn, tiger penis, shark fins and bear bladders, all of which are used by fabulously wealthy men (whales) in Communist China, is the single biggest reason for poachers to slaughter endangered animals. Gram-for-gram it’s more expensive than any narcotic.
There has been a lot of discussion about Chinese Wet Markets since the Chinese Plague began to create havoc worldwide, but this is another discussion that the world needs to have with the Communist Chinese. It is just one more odious practice that they undertake with glee.
On the black market in South Africa, the horn of the white rhino sells for up to $3,000 a pound, but on Asian black markets it wholesales for five to 10 times that. (National Geographic Report)
Somebody ought to tell these people about Viagra, but in Communist China, the suffering of animals is inconsequential, no matter how rare and precious they are. To be fair, the market exists throughout Asia, but the BIG MARKET is Communist China. The issue of practices in
Communist Chinese pay poachers huge money for bear gall bladders as well. (A Canadian Investigation) The bears were allegedly killed for their gallbladders, which are worth a small fortune on the Asian black market for their supposed healing properties. On Quebec’s black market, a bear’s gallbladder can sell for up to $250. In China that figure rises to $10,000.
The only thing that poachers take are the gall bladders.
It’s very much the same with Tiger Penis. Tiger penis is said to have near magical healing properties. The tiger is killed, the penis is cut off and the rest of the animal is left to rot.
“Tiger penis, is consumed in restaurants in parts of China and is commonly offered as a soup delicacy. People have been known to spend up to $5700 (£3000) on a particularly rare tiger penis dish, something that needed to be ordered months in advance.”
Shark Fin soup is another delicacy wherein Chinese fisheries target sharks, catch them, cut off the dorsal fin and then dump them back into the ocean. Shark finning kills an estimated 100 million or more sharks globally per year. Tens of millions more sharks and rays are killed each year, primarily through illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. (more here)