Viagra has surely had many unintended consequences, but one of the strangest is the help it might bring to vulnerable animal species. Since the drug was introduced in 1998, the trade in some wild animal parts traditionally used in the creation of ”impotence cures” has fallen drastically. And two researchers who have studied that trade in Canada and Alaska say they believe the link is no coincidence.



Sales of Alaskan reindeer antlers — the velvet is used in traditional Chinese medicine to enhance potency — declined by 72 percent from 1997 to 1998, according to the researchers, Frank von Hippel, a conservation biologist at the University of Alaska, and his brother,William, a professor of psychology at the University of New South Wales. Meanwhile, sales of hooded and harp seal penises fell from around 40,000 in 1996 to 20,000 in 1998. More here.

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