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South Africa is exporting a record number of lion skeletons this year

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South Africa approved the legal export of 800 partial or complete lion skeletons in 2017, from only 50 permits in 2008.

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Lion skeletons are exported mostly to China, Vietnam, and Laos. They are used in traditional medicines in place of tiger bones, which have been banned in China since the 1990s.

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After the ban, some manufacturers started using the bones of leopards and other big cats in their medicines. Since the late 2000s, trade of lion bones has also been growing.

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The bones are made into powder and used to make pills, bandages, and wine. They are believed to cure ulcers, dysentery, and cramps.

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