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Got this from Ars Technica.....it turns out Viagra is having some… - don't let the bastards grind you down.
taumeson
taumeson
Got this from Ars Technica.....it turns out Viagra is having some pretty good inroads in foreign countries....why does that matter?

Many countries still use weird animal parts as aphrodisiacs, etc...but with Viagra on the market, they don't need to anymore!


Antler sales fell by 72 per cent from $700,000 in 1997 to $200,000 in 1998. The number of seal penises being traded fell from around 40,000 in 1996 to 20,000 in 1998. The decline in the trade of harp seal penises has also been documented by Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans, who reported the price per organ had dropped from $100 to $15 by 1999.
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qed From: qed Date: October 30th, 2002 07:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting... does it mention who the primary consumers of these aphrodisiacs were? Was it mostly people in the countries from which the animals came, or has the demand been lowered because people in other countries have an alternative?
taumeson From: taumeson Date: October 30th, 2002 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)
feh...the article from newscientist.com is down, so i don't know any more specifics.

i get the feeling that it had to do with demand being lessened in other parts of the world. shrug.
taumeson From: taumeson Date: October 30th, 2002 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

update

It turns out that it was mostly Americans and Candians responsible for buying the zoological parts, and therefore are responsible for less being bought.

From newscientist.com:

The reason for Viagra's popularity is clear, says Frank von Hippel of the University of Alaska: "Viagra is cheaper than many animal products and its action is pronounced, immediate and effective."

Von Hippel and his brother William at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, analysed data on three legally traded species used in traditional medicines: Alaskan reindeer, which are hunted for antler velvet, hooded seals and harp seals, which are both hunted for their genitalia.
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