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FEATURE: Lion bones latest Asian health fad

AFP, POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa

“If lion bone is available legally, on the market, why would anyone choose to take all the risks and costs associated with poaching? The South African lion breeding industry can supply a lot of demand and we can make a contribution towards the saving of the Asian tigers and also the South African lions,” Potgieter said.

Groups are divided over the dilemma: maintain a regulated trade in lion carcasses from captive animals or outlaw the trade and risk a spike in poaching. Authorities, meanwhile, have remained silent.

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