Mr. Xiaosong Zheng Director General Ministry of Finance - International Department Sanlihe Xicheng District Beijing - 100820 China Tel: + 8610 6855 1122 Fax: + 8610 6855 1125 Ms. Jiandi Ye Deputy Director Ministry of Finance IFI Division III International Department San Li He St. Xichengqu Beijing - 100820 China Tel: + 86 10 6855-1171 Fax: + 86 10 6855 1125 Dear Sir and Madam, The endangered Snow leopard is a semi-large cat living in the snowy mountains of Central Asia. It has been included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species since 1972, and has been placed in Appendix I in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The total mature breeding population is less than 2,500. Bones from the endangered Snow leopard are used in traditional Chinese medicine. When bones from the like ways endangered Tiger grew harder to obtain, bones from the Snow leopard became popular as a substitute which placed an even harder strain on the already diminished Snow leopard population. The endangered Snow leopard is hunted to provide bones for the regional markets as well as for international trade. I ask the Chinese government to support alternative medicines that do not include the use of endangered animals. SOURCE: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/snowleopard/endangered.php Sincerely, NAME STATE COUNTRY
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