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.
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