Viagra saves endangered animals

A conservation biologist and a social psychologist have been looking at the effect of Viagra on the sale of endangered species by looking at their prices.

Viagra’s effect on many species used in traditional medicines cannot be monitored because the trade in those products, such as the eggs of green sea turtles, is illegal. Many more rare or endangered species, such as rhinoceros and tigers, are used for purposes in addition to or other than erectile dysfunction.
But the sales of three species that can be tracked and that are traditionally used to treat impotence suggest Viagra has eroded their markets, the von Hippels contend. By extension, they wrote, “Such data provide a proxy for the impact of Viagra on illegally traded species.”

Sales of the sex organs of Canadian harp seals and hooded seals plummeted after 1998, when Viagra became available. In two years, the cost of a single organ fell from as much as $100 (Canadian) to $15-20, they wrote. Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans attributed part of that market collapse to the new drug.

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