One step forward, two steps back. When it comes to China’s endangered animal protections, it seems like it’s always an uphill fight.
Last year, animal lovers were overjoyed when China’s long-awaited ban on ivory came into force. Within months, conservationists began to see positive effects, and demand had gone down. But apparently the news was too good to be true.
In total, there are less than 30,000 rhinos left on Earth. These animals are all teetering on the edge. Currently, 3 rhinos are poached around the world each day. Expect that number to climb now that China has made it legal to once again to use rhino products.
As for tigers, there are less than 4,000 of these great cats in the wild spread throughout the entire Asian continent. While these cats walk the tightrope of survival, China seems to be willing to cut the string.