Tiger Farms in China. Tigers Bred and Killed for Their Skins. Tigers Killed in China for Their Bones. Medicine is made from the Tiger Bones. Bred in Cages to end up Dead on the Floor.




Tiger bone wine has re-emerged on the market in China, despite a ban on the trade. Relaxing restrictions will endanger big cats even further.

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The wild tiger is among the world’s most endangered species, pushed to the brink of extinction in large part by poachers killing for profit.

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A scandal-plagued Chinese zoo has been shut down after the starvation of 11 tigers and supplying brewers of tiger-bone tonics.

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It is an irony not lost on the Chinese public that the Year of the Tiger has not been a very good year for the big cats at all.

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I Saw a Tiger by Joe Exotic

China's Tiger Atrocities

The most significant immediate threat to the existence of wild tiger populations is the illegal trade in poached skins and body parts between India, Nepal and China.

The governments of these countries have failed to implement adequate enforcement response, and wildlife crime remained a low priority in terms of political commitment and investment for years. There are well-organised gangs of professional poachers, who move from place to place and set up camp in vulnerable areas. Skins are rough-cured in the field and handed over to dealers, who send them for further treatment to Indian tanning centres. Buyers choose the skins from dealers or tanneries and smuggle them through a complex interlinking network to markets outside India, mainly in China.


Other factors contributing to their loss are urbanization and revenge killing. Farmers blame tigers for killing cattle and shoot them. Their skins and body parts may however become a part of the illegal trade.

The illicit demand for bones and body parts from wild tigers for use in Traditional Chinese medicine is the reason for the unrelenting poaching pressure on tigers on the Indian subcontinent. For at least a thousand years, tiger bones have been an ingredient in traditional medicines that are prescribed as a muscle strengthener and treatment for rheumatism and body pain.


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