Wednesday, January 27, 2010

China Scraps Plans To Legalise Trade in Tigers

China backs down from plan to legalise tiger trade

China has shelved plans to legalise trade in tiger parts and will instead increase its protection of wild tigers in a bid to save them from extinction.
The sale of bones, skins and other body parts was banned in China in 1993 in order to protect the country's declining tiger population. There are currently only between 18 and 24 wild tigers in China, down from over 4,000 in the 1950s.

However, officials from the State Forestry Administration (SFA) were on the verge of scrapping the ban last year, following pressure from China's tiger farms, who are keen to sell their stockpiles of farmed tiger parts.

 Practitioners of Chinese medicine have traditionally ground tiger bones into a health tonic, while the penis is used to increase virility and the whiskers are said to cure toothache.

Chinese tiger farmers argued that the ban should be lifted because it was having no discernible effect in increasing the wild tiger population. However, the SFA has now said it will maintain the ban and increase policing.

A new directive promises to link local forestry bureaus with other law enforcement officials to prevent poaching, and will order the destruction of any tiger part stockpiles

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1 comment:

  1. A small bit of good news for the tiger but Belinda Wright is quite right when she says:

    "By allowing breeding and the stockpiling of tiger parts they are sending a clear message that the trade in tiger bones will one day be legalised."

    Tiger farms should be closed. End of discussion! As long as they are allowed to stockpile contraband the threat of legalising sale will always be there!