"Things You Wouldn't Know If We Didn't Blog Intermittently."
No, the bear's not dead, just tranquilized.tk
I know; that was specified at the Neatorama link. I didn't mean to imply this particular bear's death when I bemoaned certain culinary tastes.
Is there any way to convince the Chinese (as they seem to be the worst offenders), that eating parts of tigers or rhinocerous horns or shark fins, or parts of any other endangered animal will not enhance their sex lives or improve their lives in any way?
Not particularly. For one, Traditional Chinese Medicine is very ingrained even among some of the academics I've met there and would take quite a while to convince people that it's not based in fact. But second---rhinoceros horns, for example, now have the pull of "Hey! Look how much money I have! I could afford to waste a ton on this status symbol!" And making yourself look good (e.g., saving face) is a big thing there.