The killing of more than 50 lions on a South African farm last week has laid bare the reality of this officially sanctioned trade. Bloemfontein Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals followed up a complaint of two lions being kept in temporary containers found what was described as a “lion slaughterhouse"
A court in Chancheng, Guangdong province, in China has convicted an individual under the charge of illegal transport and sale of endangered wildlife. Mo sold tonic wine containing wildlife products such as tiger bone. We applaud the investigation and the issuing of such a strong sentence for wildlife crime in China.
A huge seizure of tiger and bear parts in Russia’s Far East has highlighted once again the devastating impact of unchecked demand for tiger parts in China. Customs officers on the Russia-China border seized the skins and bones of five tigers, along with 870 brown bear paws (representing at least 218 bears)
Three dead tigers have been found in Khammouane province in Laos and, given that the tiger if functionally extinct in Laos, we believe these animals came from a tiger farm in the region. Laos has announced it is committed to shut down tiger farming operations but this incident reveals a concerning lack of progress.