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China allowing sale of tiger bone wine

27th February, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

China is allowing the sale of tonic wine made using tiger bones, despite the fact that the practice has been illegal in the country since 1993.

AFP reports that the London-based Environment Investigation Agency (EIA) has uncovered evidence of a legalised domestic trade in captive-bred tiger products.

“The stark contradiction between China’s international posture supporting efforts to save the wild tiger and its domestic policies which drive the poaching of wild tigers is one of the biggest cons ever perpetrated in the history of tiger conservation,” Debbie Banks, head of the EIA Tiger Campaign, told AFP.

The EIA report also presented evidence that traders are using “secret” government notifications to legitimise the manufacture of tiger bone wine.

“A government notification allows use of the bones of the captive-bred tigers to justify the manufacture of tonic wines so no action can be taken against manufacturers,” Banks said.

Believed to have medicinal properties in China, in the production of tiger tonic wines, tiger bones are left to soak in the wine for varying lengths of time and then removed before bottling.

The wines sell for between £65-£500 a bottle depending on how long the tiger bone was in contact with wine for.

Illegal tiger bone wine

Illegal tiger bone wine

China is signed up to the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species that forbids international commercial trade in tiger parts and derivatives.

With over 200 tourist attraction tiger farms housing around 5,000 tigers, China has the largest number of captive bred tigers in the world.

According to Banks, when the tigers die at the farms, their bones are held back from the authorities when they visit to audit the farms.

The EIA has called for the Chinese government to destroy the stockpile of tiger bones at tiger farms across the country and is seeking a ban on the farms altogether.

In December 2011, the International Fund for Animal Welfare applauded a Chinese government order that stopped the sale of hundreds of bottles of tiger bone wine at an auction in Beijing.

Auction house Googut listed over 400 bottles of tiger bone wine from various traditional Chinese medicine manufacturers in an auction entitled “Bouncing Dragon, Jumping Tiger”.

Tigers are a critically endangered species, with as few as 3,500 remaining in the wild.

Despite this, tiger products are frequently traded at auction in China, often disguised as “antiques” and “collectables”.

13 Responses to “China allowing sale of tiger bone wine”

  1. André Faber says:

    Leave the wine making business over to the French. We now how to do it, using just grapes!

  2. Bin says:

    All strange things happen in China …. cooking dog alive to use tiger bones for making wines.

  3. rick kettler says:

    so so sad

  4. Andy Lora says:

    This is so disgusting and inhumane. ONLY an act like this can be caused by humans. There’s no survival methods being done here. They are torturing animals because they CAN. This needs to be stopped!

  5. grietje stevens says:

    CRYING FOR THIS ANNIMALS

  6. paula Manning says:

    I watched a documentary on tiger bone wine and they estimate tigers to be extinct in about 12 years. so sad.

  7. mitra shahkar says:

    These acts should be illegal

  8. Ashesh Amatya says:

    I feel really bad for these creatures. I am writing a report to my school informing not to kill these animals because it is my favorite creature

  9. lizaaraniego says:

    be merciful..

  10. lchris smith says:

    CHINA , HAS NO RESPECT FOR THE TIGERS,NEITHER DO THEY CARE IF THERE WAS ONLY 1 LEFT!! THEY WOULD MORE THAN LIKELY MURDER IT!!! THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT THE little PRINCE RULER,!!! WHO I BELIEVE COULD BE WORSE THAN HITLER,STALIN,ETC!!! THEY BEAT THE STRAY DOGS WITH CLUBS,EAT CATS AN DOGS!!! FOR A COUNTRY THAT WAS KNOWN FOR RESPECT OF ALL THINGS!!!!! THEY CERTANLY HAVE CHANGED, AND IT IS NOT GOOD FOR ANYONE!!! I feel for the people who live there with no power to speak out!!! AN IF THEY DO , WHO KNOWS!!!!

  11. Nicole Booyse says:

    I am sooooooo angry….I am heart broken…at what this nation does to animals…It is sick and disturbing….STOP THIS NONSENCE

  12. Jan says:

    Who IN THERE RIGHT MIND COULD LIVE IN A COUNTRY THAT ALLOWS ITS PPL TO
    MOT ONLY CONDONE KILLING TIGERS BUT ENCOURAGES IT!! How disgusting is that. To me ALL ANIMALS ARE BEAUTIFUL! But ESP Tigers they are without a doubt one of the most stunningly beautiful and GORGEOUS CREATURESNGID EVERY PUT ON THIS EARTH!! Just look at the faces alone of a Tiger and fell
    Me you cannot see the beauty in that face.. My God that is not just beauty but the hand drawn beauty of God himself just looking at the markings it’s almost like seeing Heavenly Father drawing the prints of what he wanted his beloved Tigers to look like. And who are we to destroy them and decimate them? Why as a Nation of citizens are we letting these horrid ppl do the things that they do to the animals they do? We do have the control to stop this and it is up to
    Us to speak on behalf of these animals that CANNOT PROTECT themselves! This also goes for the animals in the PHILIPPINES AND ASIAN COUNTRIES THAT BELIEVE IN EATING DOGS AND CATS! We need to spk on behalf of these helpless a animals that cannot spk for themselves. Give your voice and help them thousands of dogs and cats disappear daily and are never to be found again most end up
    Overseas in those animal
    Farms for somebodies eventual dinner. To me that’s disgusting! However in their culture it’s perfectly normal way to eat and most have done this for decades if not longer.. As this is sometimes the only real
    Meat they see short of Fish and you cannot eat Fish daily due to Mercury poisoning. So that’s the alternative they have unlike us in the USA they do not have Cattle or Pigs or Chickens etc at there disposal and for MOST OF THESE FAMLIES ITS WAY OUT OF THERE REACH. This is not in any way shape
    Or form a consent to do this but rather a explanation. As far as China goes now… This HAS TO STOP NOW! If it does not then in the next 10yrs TIGERS will be wiped off our planet for good and one of HEAVENLY FATHERS MOST MAJESTIC ANIMALS WILL HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY FOR STUPIDITY!! This does not NEED TO HAPPEN NOR SHOULD THIS BE HAPPENING!! SO LETS ALL BAND TOGETHER AND MAKE CHINA STOP ALL THE HORRIBLE PRACTICES THEY ARE DOING! Killing Tigers poaching Elephants for Ivory poaching Rhinos for there horns for Medicinal purposes killing Dogs and Cats for meat etc ALL these things are Disgusting acts that MUST BE STOPPED NOW! And we must STOP IT NOW SO SIGN THE PETITION AND TELL
    CHINA TO STOP NOW!

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