Tiger Trade leads to Guilin in Southeast China

Every country has poorly written laws with loopholes that allow industrious entrepreneurs to make money anyway possible.

Exploiting wild animals is one way to make that money.

In May 2003, the San Diego Wild Animal Park in the U.S. came under intense criticism from animal welfare groups…

In February 1999, the San Jose Mercury News published a series of articles by Linda Goldstein entitled “Zoo Animals to Go”.

Goldstein alleged that major U.S. zoos in the United States purposely over breed some animals to produce babies that are popular with the public and bring in crowds. Older and less popular animals are quietly discarded and often end up at rundown roadside zoos and exotic animal auctions.

Unwanted but healthy animals were euthanized at the Detroit Zoo during the 1990s, and a handful of dealers preferred by the major zoos have become wealthy from the sales of unwanted exotics given or sold to them by the zoos, Goldstein claimed. Source: Entertainment Animals – Zoos

In China, animal welfare activists allege that a wildlife park in southeast China has been farming tigers.

Al Jazeera’s Tony Birtley reported from Guilin that the tigers are declawed and defanged and threatened with sticks to perform tricks for audiences.

The Guilin tiger park claims it is a research establishment devoted to the welfare and survival of the big cat.

However, Chinese animal welfare activists claim that this is nothing more than a farm producing tigers for their valuable body parts.

Hua Ning of International Fund for Animal Welfare says people hear about these farms and think that the tigers will not perish. She says the truth is this park has about 1,500 tigers and many are abused.

Birtley says that killing tigers in China is illegal and offenders face stiff jail terms.

However, allowing tigers to die from starvation and neglect is not technically killing. That is the loophole in China’s law that critics say is being exploited at this wildlife park in Guilin.

The reality is that tigers are worth more dead than alive.

There are only a few hundred tigers at this park on display for visitors. Birtley was told the rest were used for research in a large section of the park closed to the public.

One product this park sells is wine made from tiger bones. One bottle may sell for $250 dollars.

Traditional Chinese medicine uses all parts of the tiger, but the bones are the most valuable part of the animal. It is believed these bones prolong life, cure rheumatism, arthritis and solve sexual problems.

Twenty-five kilos (55.1 pounds) of tiger bones will make enough wine to earn $300 thousand dollars.

Meanwhile, China’s government has urged zoos to stop serving wild animal products and holding wildlife performances in an attempt to improve the treatment of tigers, bears and other animals amid concerns over widespread abuse in zoos and wildlife parks. Source: Animal News

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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4 Responses to Tiger Trade leads to Guilin in Southeast China

  1. Tigers are one of the most beautiful species on this planet, why cant people just leave them out in the wild where they thrive and belong, They are not pets, Human greed is killing off these amazing animals among others, I just wish the laws were strong enough to protect all the beautiful wild and exotic animals around the globe.

    • It would be fantastic if we could leave the tigers alone in the wild—and all other species that are threatened—but there are too many humans on the planet and we are moving into the wild taming it to find room to live and grow more food. This is squeezing habitat that animals like tigers need to survive. Many species that are threatened with extinction in the wild are being kept alive in private wilderness parks like the park in Guilin and public zoos. It’s all about money and profit. As long as an animal like the tiger generates profit from tourists, then it will survive. Even when the last tiger in the wild is gone, there will be tigers in zoos. Animals that are not beautiful that are threatened with extinction in the wild may all die out in time as mankind’s population continues to explode.

      Before 1800, there were less than one billion humans on the planet. Today there are more than seven billion and predictions say that number will reach ten billion in the next thirty years. As the human population grows, animal populations in the wild shrink—except those we use as pets, for food and for tourist attractions. About three million years ago, our species numbered in the hundreds [less than one thousand people struggling on the edge of extinction] and then we started to spread and grow.

      Eventually, humanity may destroy itself through sheer numbers and then nature will revert, take over the earth, heal itself and create new life forms through evolutionary changes but no humans will be here to see it.

      The real growth explosion came about after the advent of modern medicines like the polio and smallpox vaccines and penicillin.

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  3. http://ptsdandrambling.blogspot.com/ says:

    As a huge animal lover I must say this is disgusting. But at least people don’t use humans in circus nowadays.

    The other thing I’m not so happy with is Americans buying these animals and have them as pets instead of regular cats, that is more commonly found in trash bins to be honest.

    So this guy has two big treasures right next to him.

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