Traditional Chinese Medicine should be banned in Australia. It relies on animal cruelty worse than animal experimentation. The importation of TCM animal products should also be banned from Australia since it is illegal trade in wildlife. This would send a clear message that
practices involving animal cruelty and wildlife trade are not tolerated in Australia.
It is anathema to Australian moral values. The morality test is that if it is immoral to do it to humans, then it is equally immoral to do it on all sentient beings ('sentience' is the ability to feel or perceive).
The following incident recently reported from China is a case in point.
Rescuers feel the bile rising as they bandage mutilated bears'
- by John Garnaut, Herald Correspondent, 24-APR-2010. Source
Behind bars... one of the bears found by the Animals Asia Foundation. [Photo: Moon Bear Rescue Animals Asia/ Ali Bullock]
"BEIJING: On Monday Jill Robinson entered the dark and stinking home of Oliver, a brown bear, and his nine brown and Asiatic black bear neighbours. Oliver was a huge specimen with burnt-orange eyes, who was deemed ''unpredictable'' after killing a keeper at a zoo.
The bear turned sideways in his metal cage and showed the perfect indentation of a ''full metal jacket'' around his neck and abdomen, and marks from straps that had held an iron box around his abdomen for 10 years.
The illegal metal jacket had just been taken off by the farmer in Weihai, Shandong province, and flung into a corner. And the iron box contained a dirty, pus-infused latex catheter which had been wrenched out of Oliver's gall bladder, where it had been siphoning bile.
Bile from bears has been used in Chinese medicine for 3000 years and is valued for fighting fevers and other heat-related ailments. There are now as many as 50 natural and synthetic substitutes but farmed bear bile is still valuable.
Animal welfare awareness is rising in China but so are the financial incentives to trade in exotic animal products. In the 1980s the government legalised bear bile farming in an attempt to stop poaching. That has had mixed success - the wild population has shrunk to an estimated 15,000-25,000 Asian black bears - and it has created new animal welfare problems.
The Animals Asia Foundation, which Ms Robinson founded a decade ago, has rescued 276 bile bears and sent them to a refuge in Chengdu, Sichuan. The 10 bears rescued on Monday mean that Shandong is now one of the 19 Chinese provinces that are bear farm-free, with 12 provinces to go.
''Awareness of animal welfare has really improved, especially in the past two, three years,'' said Toby Zhang, who works with the foundation. ''In Chengdu the drug shops have agreed not to sell bear bile. They even allowed us to burn it on the streets - and people all stopped and praised us.''
Chinese environment and animal welfare groups are active throughout the country. There is also a traditional emphasis on ''living in harmony with nature'' that survives among Chinese of Han and other ethnicities.
Oliver and his nine neighbours arrived safely yesterday in Chengdu after a 2400-kilometre trip. But Oliver was clearly suffering after the catheter had been ripped out. Wire was protruding from a stinking abdominal hole and his teeth were infected after being crudely cut back to the gum.
From a traffic jam in Shanxi province they called the local police and hospital - and decided to operate right there.
''The police cars arrived with sirens wailing, helping us out of the traffic jam and into the hospital … ,'' Ms Robinson said. ''The doctors were waiting at the entrance with the oxygen cylinder - along with half of the hospital staff and a growing number of onlookers from the street.''
Members of the travelling team performed the emergency procedure to remove Oliver's gall bladder. Inside the gall bladder they found a metal disc that had been used to keep the catheter inside, which had been causing much of his discomfort.
The rescue and road odyssey was sponsored by a Melbourne philanthropist, Sharon Pearson.
''I've just spent the week crying,'' she said. ''I could cry right now. It's barely a drop in the bucket when you think there are still 10,000 bears in those cages while I'm sleeping comfortably in my bed.''
These backward Chinese also kill endangered tigers to use their penis to address impotence.
Traditional Chinese Medicine relies on killing endangered seahorses
More than 20 million seahorses are caught from the wild each year to supply the Traditional Chinese Medicine market to supposedly 'tonify the kidneys and fortify the Yang and for impotence, urinary incontinence, wheezing and old age debilitation. It enlivens the blood, aiding circulation: used for bleeding and pain from congealed blood and swelling due to sores and boils.'
Traditional Chinese Medicine relies on killing endangered rhinoceros for their horns
All five of the world’s diverse species of rhinoceros have been brought to the edge of extinction because of human appetite for their distinctive horns to supposedly treat fever, rheumatism, gout, and other disorders.
According to the 16th century Chinese pharmacist Li Shi Chen, the horn could also cure snakebites, hallucinations, typhoid, headaches, carbuncles, vomiting, food poisoning, and “devil possession.”
Traditional Chinese Medicine relies on killing endangered turtles for their plastron (shell)
Sold under the Chinese names 'guiban' and 'biejia', the plastron (shell) of the Reeves' turtle, a terrapin, as well as that of endangered sea turtles freshwater turtles and tortoises perpetuates an illegal trade to supply Traditional Chinese medicine. the plastron is supposedly used to for 'liver and kidney meridians and to nourish yin and subdue yang, and to soften hardness and disperse nodules. Among the conditions turtle shell is used to treat are febrile diseases, deficient yin with fever, night sweats, and amenorrhea.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, It is wicked and backward.
Sat, 2010-05-15 17:41
Chinese and Western medicines
Sat, 2010-05-15 17:56
When is animal cruelty acceptable?
Vivienne (not verified)
Sun, 2010-05-16 09:47
Alternatives to medicine using animals
Mon, 2010-05-17 10:33
When is immoral practice justified?