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The hunting has been reduced, probably because of the Viagra

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A seal of the northern fur seal species. Decrease in demand

In the late 1998s, when Viagra came on the market, ecologists hypothesized that the erectile dysfunction drug might help the survival of endangered species, whose bodies produce substances considered by some companies to be erectile enhancers. "Asian men do not question the virtues of Western medicine," wrote the "Economist" in XNUMX, "but many of them believe that when it comes to certain problems, for example problems with sexual function, it is better to use traditional medicines." According to this line of thinking, it is doubtful whether the rhinoceros, for example, whose horn powder is used as a drug to increase the penis, will benefit from the popularity of Viagra.

According to an article recently published in the journal "Conservation Environmental" it is very possible that the rhinoceros, along with other animals, do benefit from the existence of Viagra. The findings are still preliminary, but the researchers, led by Frank von Hippel of the University of Alaska in Anchorage and his brother Bill of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, have shown that the trade in exotic products such as seal genitalia is shrinking rapidly. They suspect, though they can't prove it, that the reason for the reduced trade is that men who used to use traditional drugs, such as those derived from seals, realize that Viagra works better.

The Von Hippel brothers tested three "products" that are used as sexual enhancers and that are traded on a large scale and in a legal form - sexual organs of the northern poca seal, sexual organs of the spotted seal and reindeer antlers. Between 1998, the year when Viagra began to be marketed, and 2000, the number of seals caught in Canada, the country where the hunting of this animal is the most extensive in the world, decreased significantly. The number of seals of the northern puka species caught dropped from 250 thousand (close to the amount allowed by law) to 100 thousand. The number of spotted seals caught has decreased to only ten, although there is a permit to hunt up to ten thousand seals of this species.

The researchers are aware that additional products can be produced from the hunted seals, and therefore the decrease in trade is not necessarily related to the traditional drugs to increase sexual power. However, they point out that in addition to the reduction in trade, the prices of the seal products related to the increase in wealth have also decreased, which indicates a decrease in demand. In 1998, the price of a seal genitalia was estimated at 70 to 100 dollars; In 2000 the price dropped to 15 to 20 dollars. The market for reindeer antlers, the researchers add, shrank between 1997 and 1998 by 72%.

The animals that the von Hippel brothers tested are not in danger of extinction. However, other species from which substances extracted are traded as power-enhancing products are in such danger. Rhinos, for example, have almost disappeared from the world.

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