Pangolins removed from official Chinese traditional Chinese medicine treatment list – Shanghaiist


More good news for the noble pangolin, the scaly little creature has been removed from the official Chinese collection of medical treatments.

Pangolins are rare and adorable creatures covered with a layer of scales meant to protect themselves from predators. Unfortunately, their protective scales are also highly coveted by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, helping the pangolin earn the unenviable title of “the most trafficked mammal on the planet.”

The pangolin scales are reportedly sold for around 800 yuan ($ 113) per kilogram in China. They are believed to help the body in a number of ways including stimulating lactation, reducing swelling, curing cancer and, of course, helping to fight erectile dysfunction, making the animal the preferred target. poachers.

Last year, Hangzhou cleared 23 tons of pangolin scales in one bust.

However, China has now put more emphasis on protecting the pangolin, granting it first-class state protection last week, putting it on par with the panda.

With this new status, the animal was officially removed from the latest version of the Chinese Pharmacopoeia for 2020 – obviously it was still there even after obtaining second-class state protection and as a result of the ban on hunting by China. mammal in 2007 and the cessation of importation of pangolin products in 2018.

Pangolins can thank the Covid-19 virus epidemic for its new designation as a non-TCM ingredient.

With the coronavirus evidently coming from a wet market in Wuhan, China has been forced to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade. Pangolins are of particular concern because they have been identified as potentially the animal that transferred the virus to humans.

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