BEIJING, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- China has ordered strict control over the use of rhino and tiger products.
The order was contained in a State Council circular signed by Premier Li Keqiang. It went into effect upon release.
All activities related to using or trading rhinos, tigers and their products are banned except otherwise stated in law, the circular says, adding that goods whose product information mentions rhino and tiger ingredients will be regarded as banned items.
In "special cases", administrative permission must be obtained for the use of rhino and tiger products related to scientific research, resource investigation, education, life-saving medical treatments, relics protection, cultural exchanges and law enforcement, it says.
All rhino and tiger products in stock or in personal collection must be well documented, according to the circular. Those whose sources cannot be accounted for shall be confiscated, and the rest with legitimate sources must be strictly guarded against any loss and should not be traded or used for commercial purposes.
The circular says that illegal trade of rhino and tiger products must be severely cracked down upon, with a focus on checking their use, trade and transport. Illegal trading must be blocked by enhanced law enforcement.
It also demands better protection of rhinos and tigers, noting that public education is key. The public should be guided to stay away from illegally purchasing such products and transporting them from abroad.