DAY 303: HOW EASY IS IT TO BUY ILLEGAL PANGOLIN SCALES IN HANOI? I TRY AND FIND OUT.
Don’t for one minute think that the illegal wildlife trade is fundamentally tied to poverty, it is not.
If anything it’s the very opposite. As countries get richer, especially China, they demand more ‘status’foods and medicine. The rich Chinese businessman likes impress with a tasty Pangolin soup or Tiger wine and despite there being no proof whatsoever that it works, they still demand TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine
It is easy to laugh at TCM. It seems, from the outside, as plausible as witchcraft or voodoo and as ritualistic and cruel as both. But think again. We have homeopathy, we have horoscopes. There has been for some time a £1,000,000 reward for anyone that can scientifically prove that homeopathy works, and for many more years a steady flow in astrology charts in teh back of popular magazines. Granted, homeopathy doesn’t involve the wiping out of entire species and horoscopes don’t involve ritualistic torture but their claim to irrationality is perhaps equally as impressive as any pangolin soup.
Get inside the mind of a chinese person wanting sharks fin soup.
And then get out as quickly as possible.