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Chinese Tiger Farms Threaten Endangered Species (VIDEO)

Chinese Tiger Farms Threaten Endangered Species (VIDEO)

Once there were 100,000 or more wild tigers in Asia. Today there may be as few as 3,200. 

Much of the decline can be linked to a belief among the Chinese that tiger bones and organs have medicinal benefits. This made tiger poaching a very profitable business. It also led to the establishment of tiger factory farms in China, somewhat like the factory farms so prevalent in the United States for the meat we eat.

In this excellent video, the World Wildlife Fund tells the story of why the tiger populations became so endangered and the horrors of Chinese tiger farms.

China banned the sale of tiger parts in 1993, but this did not stop the farmers. They just stored the frozen carcasses while breeding more tigers. 

Recently, an effort was made to again legalize these farms, arguing that the tiger products would undersell the products of the poachers. The WWF points out that this didn’t work with elephant tusks and asks why would tigers that have to be caged and fed, be cheaper than those who can be obtained for the price of a bullet?

Read more about the WWF 2010 Year of the Tiger initiative and the opportunity to even ‘adopt’ a tiger.

 

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7:40PM PDT on May 16, 2011

I voted no because animal farming is torture for ANY creature. Tiger or chicken, bear or pig, it's all the same disregard for the sanctity of life in a form other then the human one....come to think of it, the same disregard is evident in the treatment of our fellow man.! Sad, sick world.

4:43PM PDT on May 16, 2011

Japan has seen Nature at one of its angriest moments. The world watches in horror. But does this teach a lesson to humans. NO! Until the human race realizes they are not the supreme beings they think they are, Nature will prove it for you. In China, and countries around the world, animals, wild and domesticated are treated most viciously. We need them, they don't need us for survival. Tiger farms are horrendous but so is every kind of animal farm out there. It is all animal abuse and they are not ours to abuse. We have all we need at our fingertips to survive, yet like greedy little children, we keep calling out for more. Nature is bigger than all of us combined and if this doesn't scare you, you had better rethink your way of doing things. Your ignorance is going to kill you and you don't see it, you keep plunging forward. There will be nothing left for future generations - our children and grandchildren will bear the burden of humanity's stupidity. These farms which are created to raise animals for all uses is wrong, but no one should be condemning tiger farms any more than beef farms, chicken farms, puppy mills, any farm set up for animal torture or extinction. Keep on telling yourselves this is okay, and when Nature strikes back again, hope to God, you're not in her way.

8:57AM PDT on May 12, 2011

China and Japan - wastes of human skin. They are some of the cruelest people when it comes to animals. They are seen as nothing but ways to make money. Disgusting, vile creatures.

2:44PM PDT on Aug 21, 2010

Tigers and all animals should be treated the same as humans. Would you farm humans? NO! So China should get with the program and not be so disgustingly cruel.

9:21AM PDT on Aug 21, 2010

Tiger Farms, Factory Farms, any form of abuse ,cruelty and/or captivity is just immoral.
Part of a quote by Henty Beston in 1928,
"Animals are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life. They move finished and complete, gifted with extension of the senses we have lost or never attained."

10:24AM PDT on Aug 20, 2010

Once again another reason why I hate China.

3:33AM PDT on Aug 20, 2010

I hate those people who do this to animals and making the animals get closer to extinction every day.

3:01AM PDT on Aug 19, 2010

Most of the Chinese are such a kind of sex maniac and never think about either tiger is good for sexual anxiety or not.However, we must try our best efforts to save the tiger.

7:59AM PDT on Aug 18, 2010

The Chinese as a nation might be forging ahead in the world as a super power ,but they are very uneducated and ignorant in their knowledge and use of animal parts for medical use,as they ,the herbalists, have been conning their people for centuries of the benefit of tiger parts to cure different ailments,especially ,the tiger penis to fix their failing,or non existing libido,I don't think their ego would allow them to admit it was all nonsense,so the sensless killing of these beautiful animals will continue until they are just a picture in a book.

6:56AM PDT on Aug 18, 2010

How sad...

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