Asian medicine here in Australia has been found to contain DNA of critically endangered snow leopards. It makes me wonder what safeguards are in place to screen Asian product being imported to Australia. We really need to step up and contribute to eliminating any product containing at risk animals.
Asian medicines are one of the biggest reasons so many big cats are slaughtered unnecessarily and something must be done before they are gone. The cultural beliefs behind this grisly trade are ancient and extremely hard to change but here in Australia we surely have a responsibility to do whatever we can to reduce the availability of these medicines. Without stricter guidelines about imports we are supporting the ongoing slaughter of magnificent animals that no research into the effectiveness of these medicines has ever proven works. The body parts of these endangered animals belong in only one place and that is on the animal.