£10 could pay for a memory card

Caged tiger

These could be used to store evidence of illegal activity by tiger farmers and taxidermists.

£25 could pay for a microphone

Man holds tiger skin

We use covert equipment to document illegal activity and present it to international law enforcement.

£100 could pay for a GPS device

Using GPS

This could help us pinpoint illegal activity along trade routes that smugglers use to transport illegal tiger parts.

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Help us put an end to tiger farming and save the spectacular wild tiger and other endangered species from extinction.

Tiger farming is a cruel, barbaric industry that is also fuelling demand for tiger parts and threatening the very existence of tigers in the wild.

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SIGN OUR PETITION AND HELP PUT AN END TO TIGER FARMING

We’re appealing to the Indian Prime Minister to champion the end of tiger farming in discussions with China. Leader-to-leader discussion and conferences remain the best way to keep endangered species high on the international agenda. And by signing our petition, you can help end tiger farming in China.

Many of the images shown on this page are taken by undercover investigators.

 Tiger skin being processed

Background

The number of tigers in the wild remains shockingly low – less than 4000. But what’s even more worrying is that there are far more tigers in captivity. These tiger farms are often squalid places where hundreds of tigers are bred in cramped conditions. When they die naturally or are killed to order (as is the case in some farms), their skins, bones, meat, teeth & claws are sold.

Tiger farming is legal in China, as is the buying and selling of “farmed” tiger skins. This is shocking in itself, but it is also fuelling demand for illegally poached wild tigers – threatening the very future of this wonderful species.

There is also evidence that legal dealers are actually processing skins from poached wild tigers. What’s more, tiger farms are suspected of illegally selling tiger bones and claws – a completely illegal trade.

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A species on the brink

Tigers are truly magnificent creatures. Until you’ve seen one in the wild, it’s difficult to imagine just how commanding their presence really is. But despite their incredible beauty, tigers are sadly worth more to some people dead than they are alive.

Here are some facts about these fascinating creatures that show why we must all work together to protect them:

  • Tigers are the biggest of the big cats. They can grow to over 3.3 metres in length and weigh up to 306 kilos
  • Tigers mostly live alone and mark their territories with scent (territories are often up to 100 square kilometres)
  • A tiger’s roar can be heard as far as three kilometres away
  • The distinctive striped fur of a tiger is used as a form of camouflage, and no two tigers have the same markings
  • Unlike many cats, tigers are excellent swimmers and often use rivers and lakes to cool off during hot weather
  • At full speed, a tiger can reach an incredible 65 mph
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Photo credit: Elliott Neep

 

Equipment

£10

Memory card for storing evidence

£25

Microphone for recording testimony

£100

GPS device for pinpointing illegal activity along trade routes

£300

Compact camera for documenting illegal activities

£500

Video camera for documenting illegal activities and filming testimony

£750

Laptop for storing and editing video and images

£1200

Travel to investigate tiger farms in China

 Caged tiger

Further investigations

Campaigning and investigating to end tiger farming is just one of many ways that EIA fights to protect endangered species.

We work all over the world, exposing and reporting wildlife crime to the relevant authorities.

But we rely on the support of generous people who want to protect beautiful creatures and hold criminal networks to account.

Please support our work and help expose wildlife crime around the world with a gift.

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How your generosity will help

We’re a small organisation achieving great things with very limited resources. It costs between £10,000 and £20,000 to run a full investigation. This covers our travel and research costs as well as specialist equipment and setting up fake companies and identities where required. Then we must turn the evidence we gather into hard hitting campaign information, targeted at the people who can make a difference.

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