Animal conservationists are alarmed over China’s decision to partially reverse a ban on the trade of tiger bones and rhino horn.
Rhinos and tigers are both endangered in the wild and China prohibited their trade in 1993.
But on Monday it said parts from captive animals would be authorized for scientific, medical and cultural use.
Experts worry this will increase demand for the animals and jeopardise efforts to protect them.
Rhino and tiger parts are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine.
They are prescribed to treat a large variety of ailments including fever, gout, insomnia and meningitis, thought any benefits have not been proven.