Beijing, China has said it is postponing its
easing of a ban on the trade of tiger bones and rhino horn, following a
wave of protests from environmental groups.
Rhinos and tigers are both endangered in the wild and China
had prohibited their trade in 1993.
But in late October, it announced it would permit the animal parts to be
used for scientific, medical and cultural purposes.
Tiger and rhino parts are highly valued in traditional Chinese
They are prescribed to treat a large variety of ailments including
fever, gout, insomnia and meningitis though any benefits have not
been proven, the BBC reported.
Source: Oman News Agency