China: withdrawal of the pangolin of the traditional pharmacopoeia

Chine: retrait du pangolin de la pharmacopée traditionnelle

BEIJING | China has removed the ingredients from the pangolin to the list of official products of the traditional pharmacopoeia, announced on Tuesday the official media, several days after the reinforcement of protection measures for this endangered animal and suspected of having played a role in the human transmission of the coronavirus.

The pangolins have been removed this year from the pharmacopoeia chinese official, as well as products such as pills made of the feces of bats, the newspaper reported Health Times.

The pangolin, which is the animal most hunted by poachers and traffickers in the world, is believed to have been the intermediate host, which would have allowed the transmission of the new coronavirus in bats for the human species. The novel coronavirus emerged in 2019 at a market in Wuhan, where were sold the animals live wild, according to scientists in china.

“The resources of the wild life exhausted” are removed from the traditional pharmacopoeia of china, said the Health Times, which did not specify the exact reason of the withdrawal of the pangolins.

The scales and ingredients from the pangolin reaches a high price on the black market and are commonly used by traditional chinese medicine, although scientists are that they do not have therapeutic virtues.

On Friday, china’s state Forestry administration has announced that the pangolins will now benefit from the highest level of protection in the country, a decision that was welcomed on Saturday by the organization of defense of the WWF.

In recent months, China has banned the sale of wild animals for food consumption, citing the risk of diseases transmissible to man, but this trade is legal for purposes of scientific research or for traditional medicine.

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