Environment

The truths of traditional medicine and wildlife

by Naomi Clark-Shen

Traditional medicines have been using wildlife parts for centuries. From cancer to impotence and eczema, there is an animal or plant that can allegedly ‘cure’ all ailments. But these beliefs have catastrophic consequences: many creatures are heading toward extinction. In a desperate plea to save what is left, it is time to separate fact from fiction.

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Naomi Clark-Shen / Writer

Naomi was a data journalist at Kontinentalist. She is a marine scientist who has commitment issues so works on a variety of projects. In her free time, she likes to be in the ocean, in the mountains, or in the wrestling ring.

This story is written in collaboration with
TRAFFIC

TRAFFIC is a leading NGO that works on wild animal and plant trade around the globe, focusing on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. It conducts research, analysis, and policy work together with a wide range of partners, from governments and businesses to individuals.

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