For many years, the Chinese have used rare species and plants for curing medicine. Why not use our everyday synthetic medicine, which is scientifically proven to work? Who knows, but the Chinese have it their own way. They have exploited the environment for thousands of years and continue to this day, killing thousands of animals to create medicines that are not even known to have significant biological effects. While researching my topic, I was horrified to find that the Chinese law enforcement agencies had found 173 bear paws transported in a van. Even more horrific is the fact that these findings are actually quite common. Despite the fact that stricted laws and penalties have been put into place to prevent the poaching of animals, it continues and this is quite an alarming thing to find out and must be addressed immediatly.