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Judy Mills (202) 857-5160 / Jan Vertefeuille (202) 492-0597
China; tigers; stockpiles; wildlife farms; trade; ban; CITES
Disturbing new images of
tiger carcasses piled up in cold storage at one of China's largest "tiger
farms" raise questions about enforcement of tiger trade bans in effect in
China and internationally.
The photos were taken by participants invited to a government-sponsored
workshop and tour of China's two largest tiger "farms" earlier this month
for international observers and scientists. The tour was held on the heels
of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
agreeing in June that captive breeding of tigers should be restricted "only
to conserving wild tigers."
"What is the point of these stockpiles when tiger trade is banned
inside and outside China?" asked Belinda Wright of the Wildlife Protection
Society of India, who participated in the State Forestry Administration's
tiger farm tour and tiger trade workshop. "The 171 member nations of CITES
made it clear last month that 'tigers should not be bred for their parts...