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Ending commercial exploitation
The use of wildlife as traditional medicine is a phenomenon that occurs across the world and has been of cultural importance for many people and societies for millennia. These practices remain widespread and varied, involving a wide array of species across all taxonomic groups.
Primarily, traditional medicine uses plants and minerals to heal and cure illness, however a small number of preparations contain wild animal parts. This is causing untold animal suffering and cruelty, while threatening the survival of multiple species.
We are working to transform the traditional medicine industry, so the use of wild animals in medicinal and health products is no longer socially acceptable and is replaced with herbal (or other humane) alternatives.
World Animal Protection, in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and University of Oxford, has released evidence that provides new insight into the use of wildlife as Traditional Chinese Medicine (“TCM”) - with hopes of a solution that could protect wildlife from suffering and extinction.
TAWAP.org provides alternatives to wild animal preparations, using plant and mineral based ingredients instead.
8,000-12,000 lions and thousands of other big cats, including tigers and cheetahs, are bred and kept in captivity in more than 350 facilities in South Africa. These predators are bred for commercial purposes, including interactive tourism, “canned” hunting, lion bone trade and live exports.
We've been working for over 30 years to protect bears from being cruelly exploited for their bile, for use in traditional medicine, using painful and inhumane procedures endured over a lifetime in captivity in filthy and cramped conditions no bigger than a phone booth.
Bears in Asia are captured for their bile, which is extracted using cruel, painful procedures and sold as traditional medicine. But the bear bile industry is unnecessary – inexpensive synthetic & herbal alternatives to bear bile are readily available.