10 animals still hunted for debunked healing properties

To date scientists have managed to isolate over 12,000 different plant compounds, hundreds of which are utilised in modern medicine. In stark contrast, not one single useful compound has ever been identified in the body parts of the endangered species that are hunted for use in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Even so, TCM remains a form of healthcare trusted by over one-quarter of the world’s population, fueling the third most profitable black-market trade in goods after narcotics and arms smuggling. Sadly, despite much protest from western governments, wildlife charities and the general public alike, the practice continues largely unabated. Here are 10 animals that are still being hunted for debunked healing properties.