anon (2008, February 5). Tigers: a vanishing act. CNN [online]. Aailable. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/02/05/china.tigers/#cnnSTCText [2009, February 9]
Cina; tiger; traditinal medicine; wildlife trade; illegal trade; poaching
The wild population of all tigers -- including Bengal, Sumatran, Siberian and Indochinese tigers -- stands at a maximum of 7,000 and a minimum of 5,000, according to figures from the World Wildlife Fund.
In southern China, the WWF estimates there are a mere 30 tigers in the wild, making them functionally extinct.
In 1993, China became a signatory of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), an international treaty that includes nearly 170 member countries.
China put a long awaited ban on trading tiger bones, flesh and skins.
However, tiger farms, where the WWF estimates about 4-5,000 tigers are bred for their body parts, have been set up to circumvent laws.
Owners and investors in these farms have set up a strong lobby to have the current laws repealed as the Internet opens a new frontier for sales in tiger parts and products made from tiger skin and bone, according to the group TRAFFIC, which monitors the trade in ...