Original Chinese Language Article By: http://baike.sogou.com
(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)
Translator’s Note: Rupert Murdoch’s dumbed-down ‘National Geographic Magazine’ is apparently behind the racialised attack by Western so-called ‘Animal Rights’ groups, which have collectively conspired to have the Thai Authorities move on the Tiger Buddhist Temple, (situated in the Kanchanaburi forest area of Thailand) to take all the tigers that live peacefully with the monks, out of the temple and into government sponsored reserves. The bias reporting has levelled many different allegations at the temple monks and the civilian staff – despite people who have visited the temple denying any wrong doing being evident. Whatever the actual situation, the National Geographic (which is now basically a glossy version of the racist ‘Sun’ newspaper), suggests that this temple uses the tigers for ‘tiger bone’ which is exported to China. I have translated below the ‘actual’ situation in China, which banned tiger bone in 1980, and confirmed the ban in 1993. The National Geographic quotes the ridiculous Debbie Banks of the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency as stating (without evidence) that Tiger Bone Wine and Tiger Skins are popular amongst ‘China’s elite’, and that China has illegal tiger farms containing ‘5000’ tigers! It has been independently pointed-out to me that if China had 5000 tigers, the species would be in a state of confirmed recovery! As Murdoch continues his racism against Thais and Chinese, I would suggest that the whole story regarding the temple is a Eurocentric, racist attack on non-white culture, which the Thai Authorities have been fooled into co-operating with. The Thais should reject ALL Western media from its country until it learns respect for the culture of non-Europeans. Messages of support for temple can be sent to: email@example.com ACW 5.6.2016
In 1973, a conference sponsored by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, attracted 80 countries that met in Washington. After discussion the countries present agreed to draft the ‘Endangered Wild Fauna and Flora International Trade Convention’ which entered into law in July 1975. Mainland China officially joined this convention on June 25th, 1980. The Convention prohibits national and international commercial trade of all species listed on an agreed index, as defined as being on the brink of extinction. This is important for New China as some of these banned species have been used traditionally within Chinese medicine. This includes rhino horn, tiger bone, musk, bear bile, and elephant skin, etc, which are now all listed as prohibited.
China has pursued a policy of protecting and cultivating wild medicinal plant and herb resources, but also (in the 1980s), made a series of corresponding domestic policy decisions (supported by legislation). On May 29th, 1993, China officially banned the sale, purchase, transport, carrying, or mailing of tiger bone, making the use of tiger bone in medicine illegal, so that in the future it may not be used pharmaceutically. This has been the policy toward all the banned species in China, whilst the government has developed a tiger bone substitute premised upon a generic calcium compound (which now replaces tiger bone in all Mainland Chinese medicines).
©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2016.
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