volume 11 number 6 pages 1365-1374 edition
Department of Biology, McMaster University, 1280 Main St. West, Hamilton, Ontario, L854K1 Canada
pinniped; traditional Chinese medicine; genetic; seals
Malik, S., P. Wilson, R. Smith, D. Lavigne, and B. White. 1997. Pinniped Penises in Trade: A Molecular-Genetic Investigation. Conservation Biology 11(6): 1365-1374. This study was prompted by international concern over expanding international trade in wildlife parts and their derivatives. Pinniped penises found in Chinese medicinal shops in North America and Asia were examined using molecular genetic techniques The findings are consistent with other studies in demonstrating that the lucrative market for pinniped penises may be encouraging the unregulated hunting of seals including protected species as well as the harvesting of other unidentified mammalian species.