China is farming 5000 to 6000 Tigers for a Horrific reason find out why
Last year in November there were quite a number of posts spilling the beans of how Tiger farms in China was destroying the tiger population around the world. Tigers were being harvested for almost every part of their body to be used in Chinese traditional medicine, aphrodisiacs; Tiger bone wine, rejuvenation pills and balms. Tiger skins were being turned into skins for wealthy Chinese. How true was this required a little research and this is what we found.
In the years 2014 and 2015, several reports in major tabloids around d the world including National geographic reported the appalling truth about tiger farms in china and how Tigers were being killed and harvested for commercial use. In the city of Guilin was found the largest Tiger farm The Xiongshen Tiger and Bear Mountain village which formed part of a booming industry of tiger farming which threatened the worldwide population of the magnificent animal. Tiger farming is fueled by the rampant demand of tiger products by the Chinese population.
1 Tiger Bone wine a delicacy and medicinal aid in China
The Chinese elite were found to have developed a taste of Tiger bone wine which was believed to be a treatment for rheumatism and impotence. Tiger balm is said to reduce or remove pains and conditions such as colds, congestions, sprains and headaches. Tiger matter used in herbal medicine is known to cure a number of diseases. Tiger rugs of course were a true sign of wealth adjoining a rich man’s floor.
A report in National geographic about industrial scale tiger farms reported how Tigers were made to live in concentration camp type conditions with no regard to the health or hygiene of the animals. Many of the tiger farms dotting the country sides of China pose as a front for entertainment centers or tourist destinations where in truth they are nothing more than slaughterhouses for tigers. A tiger’s carcass is worth a fortune where a bottle of Tiger bone wine can sell for as much as $500. It is made by keeping a Tiger skeleton in rice wine for a considerable period. Tiger meat is also a fashionable entree in wealthy parties where the animals are first butchered as a visual treat for the guests.
2 Tiger farms in China flourishing despite ban of tiger products
Today China is the world’s largest consumer of tiger and other exotic animal spare parts. Tiger numbers are slowly dwindling and dying in record numbers in countries like India from where China receives a major part of its Tigers through illegal poaching. The most unfortunate aspect of this worldwide problem is that though China banned the use of Tiger bone and Rhino horn in 1993, Tiger arms have been flourishing since then, rules be damned. Some conservationists have stated that the government’s move to remove Tiger products from Pharmaceutical stores in the country ahs lead to an increase in the population of Siberian Tigers in North Asia. The Tiger Xiongshen farm was established in 1993 by a snake breeder named Zhou Weisen.
As it is easy to breed Tigers in captivity, the tiger farm breeding increased the number of tigers in china form a few thousand to around 6000 in 2015 alone. The Tigers are said to be spread over 200 Tiger farms in China. At last count, the Xiongshen tiger farm in China had about 1500 captive tigers in 2010. Ironically it was sponsored by the Stare forest administration that plays the dual role of protection of wildlife and supporting farming of endangered species.
3 2500 wild tigers exist in India which accounts for 70% of the world’s tiger population
Consider the deplorable fact that even though there are a large number of tigers in captivity in China, there are just about 2500 wild tigers in India a count taken in 2016 and that accounts for 70% of the world’s population of wild tigers. Chinese wildlife officials have been campaigning vigorously for international approval to remove the ban on usage of tiger products. They argue that the country has the right to use its natural resources as they see fit which of course is the height of hypocrisy.
Chinese officials claim that the Tiger bone wine is a potent medicine and an integral part of Chinese culture. The argument put forward is that lifting the ban would help regulate the trade and reduce the demand for wild tiger parts.
4 Tigers will soon become an extinct species
Despite of international disapproval, China couldn’t care less and it has been observed that tiger farms in china are booming in the country and the tiger wine industry has increased both in demand and production.
Proof of such activities was found when an investigator for the international fund for animal welfare visited a farms winery in 2006. Its owner actually boasted of owning 400 vats of wine each containing a tiger skeleton. One of the vats was reserved for a senior Chinese official. Tiger experts state that unless urgent action isn’t taken soon, even wild tigers will become an extinct species.