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.
On International Tiger Day, EIA and 44 other NGOs raised the alarm of increasing tiger poaching and called for an end to all tiger farming and trade. Instead of complying with a 2007 CITES decision to stop tiger farming, China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam have allowed tiger farming and trade to spiral out of control
On July 2, China passed amendments to its Wildlife Protection Law (WPL), effective from 2017. We are extremely concerned that the revised law risks further entrenching the culture of commodification of tigers at a time when the world’s remaining wild tigers desperately need China to work towards ending demand