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Stop Tiger Farming in China

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Tiger bone wine, made by marinating bones in rice alcohol; tiger-skin rugs; authentic stuffed animals; dinner parties where people watch a tiger get killed and butchered. These are just some of the ways the “luxury” tiger parts industry has made a comeback in China. And it is all thanks to the many tiger farms that have cropped up in the country.

Under global pressure, China banned the trade of tiger bone in 1993. But the very same year, the first domesticated tiger farm was established, and there are now 200 government-supported farms, with 5,000 to 6,000 tigers on them — compared with only 3,000 tigers left in the wild.

The government insists these farms are just tourist spots, where people can watch shows and pet cubs, but international probes have uncovered that China’s State Forestry Administration quietly supports the country’s tiger bone wine industry.

The Chinese government is currently reviewing the wildlife law that allows for tiger farms, so we must put international pressure on them to ban these farms now. If they don’t, the wild tiger may not survive another generation.

Despite the government’s claims, captive tigers do not help wild populations. All the tiger farming industry has served to do is rekindle China’s taste for tiger parts, which has made wild tiger poaching more lucrative because it is cheaper to kill wild tigers and smuggle parts across borders than to raise captive-bred ones, and wild cats are often preferred by consumers.

Right now, wild tigers are dying in record numbers, due mainly to poaching to satisfy demand from China. If we do not do everything in our power to end poaching, wild tigers may be extinct as soon as 2022, in just seven years. Ironically, that is also the next Chinese calendar year of the tiger.

Please join me in calling on the government of the People’s Republic of China to do what’s right, amend its wildlife law, and ban tiger farms altogether.

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