There are now 5,000-6,000 tigers kept in more than 200 facilities across China – many in horrific conditions and exhibiting symptoms of severe mental and physical distress as well as genetic deformities – in an industry which has sustained and stimulated demand for tiger parts and drives the poaching of wild tigers
A partnership with China Dialogue will deliver a series of in-depth reports, opinions and articles to combat decline of Asia’s tigers. Tiger populations in Asia have plummeted by an estimated 96 per cent since the start of the 20th century, from 100,000 animals to fewer than 4,000. Of those left, half are in India
We are encouraged to learn that the threat of tiger farming to wild tigers is getting its first hearing at the annual plenary session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a high-level political advisory body, currently underway in Beijing
As global attention turns to Beijing, EIA calls on China’s top decision-makers to take a global leadership role in ending demand for tiger parts and products by ensuring tigers are not on a list determining which protected wildlife species can be traded commercially within the country
The Anti-Smuggling Bureau of Customs in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, seized two tiger skins, two leopard skins, 17 snow leopard skins and other illegal wildlife parts. Lhasa has long been a key transit and sales hub for illegal trade in Asian big cat parts and derivatives from animals poached in south Asia
During discussions at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to CITES, several member states including Lao PDR overruled a proposal from China to delete a Decision to end tiger farming. This is a powerful message that shows the rest of the world can see that tiger farming has no place in tiger conservation.