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dc.contributor.authorCheung, Hubert
dc.contributor.authorMazerolle, Lorraine
dc.contributor.authorPossingham, Hugh P
dc.contributor.authorBiggs, Duan
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-10T03:57:25Z
dc.date.available2019-10-10T03:57:25Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn1940-0829
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1940082918787428
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/388259
dc.description.abstractRhino poaching in Africa has risen alarmingly over the last decade, driven by illegal trade and demand for horns in Asia, where it is used medicinally. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has deep cultural roots, and understanding demand drivers will inform conservation decision-making. We interviewed 15 TCM practitioners in Hong Kong, investigating their familiarity with rhino horn, prescription experiences, and perspectives toward its use and trade. All interviewees believe that rhino horn possesses medicinal properties, despite general unfamiliarity with its chemical composition or any active ingredient. We compiled a list of 16 substitutes, finding that dosage adjustments produce equivalent treatment outcomes that compensate for potency differences. While most interviewees expressed support for trade legalization, most would prefer to continue prescribing substitutes. Further research into TCM stakeholder perspectives and preferences for rhino horn can inform conservation policy.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSage Publications
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1
dc.relation.ispartofpageto8
dc.relation.ispartofjournalTropical Conservation Science
dc.relation.ispartofvolume11
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Science and Management
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode0502
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technology
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicine
dc.subject.keywordsBiodiversity Conservation
dc.subject.keywordsBiodiversity & Conservation
dc.subject.keywordsCITES
dc.titleMedicinal Use and Legalized Trade of Rhinoceros Horn From the Perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners in Hong Kong
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationCheung, H; Mazerolle, L; Possingham, HP; Biggs, D, Medicinal Use and Legalized Trade of Rhinoceros Horn From the Perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners in Hong Kong, Tropical Conservation Science, 2018, 11, pp. 1-8
dcterms.licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.date.updated2019-10-10T03:54:07Z
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gro.rights.copyright© The authors 2018. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
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gro.griffith.authorMazerolle, Lorraine A.
gro.griffith.authorBiggs, Duan


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