Concern Over Link Between Trade in Lion Bones and the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade
The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance has written an article drawing attention to the link between the trade in rhino horns and lion bones. It is suspected that lion bones are being sold to the Chinese medicine market as a substitute for tiger bones, as there are now less than 4000 tigers left in the wild.
Julian Rademeyer’s investigation into the illegal rhino horn trade that implicated South African safari operator Marnus Steyl and Thai national Chumlong Lemtongthai, revealed that Steyl was also supplying lion bones to Lemtongthai’s employer, Xaysavang Export Import. Rademeyer’s exposé of the illegal wildlife trade is detailed in Killing for Profit.
The Lion Bone’s Connected to the … Rhino Horn?
International concern is growing around South African game industry insiders who are dabbling in illicit rhino horn and lion bone trade. Why lion bones? With fewer than 4,000 wild tigers left — some estimates place the wild population at a mere 3,200 — a sharp increase in the lion bone trade strongly suggests that lion bones are being substituted for tiger bones in the Chinese medicine market.