China Calls for Tiger Protection

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India’s newfound partnership with China on environment issues has yielded results in the area of tiger protection as well. In what could be seen as a new year’s gift for the Indian tiger, China’s State Forestry Administration has issued a directive calling for the protection of tigers, especially the need to step up action against illegal trade in tiger parts and products. You can put tigers on a farm for legal parts harvesting and still call it "protection."

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Man Arrested with Frozen Tigers and Panther in House

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The guy was clearly trafficking in illegal parts as there were about 50 kg of bones belonging to other tigers. Tags: wildlife smuggling vietnam wildlife trafficking tigers panthers This happened in Vietnam.

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Are Thai Temple Tigers Drugged?

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Some conservationists worry that the tigers living at a Buddhist Temple in Thailand are drugged, but the monks deny it. Tourists visiting the Tiger Temple pay big money: anything from $15 just for entry, up to $50 for the very special photograph of a tiger with its head in your lap. accuses} the temple of illegally trafficking and mistreating the tigers, allegations that the temple emphatically denies. Tags: tigers thailand

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Central London Shop Raided for Illegal Wildlife Products

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Detectives seized 200 products believed to be made from endangered animals including musk deer, leopards and tigers. The raid took place on the day an amendment to the law controlling illegal trade in endangered species came into effect. Tags: wildlife crime UK wildlife trafficking Traditional Chinese Medicine tigers endangered species Not surprisingly, they raided a shop selling Chinese traditional medicines. From the Telegraph.

Ligers in China

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A private zoo operator in Taiwan cross-bred lions and tigers, resulting in three "liger" cubs. Both species are endangered and it is illegal to cross breed them. Tags: zoos taiwan tigers lion endangered species One died and the other two were seized for sheltering at a research institution. From Focus Taiwan.

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Demand for Wildlife Products on the Rise in China

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Profit from illegal trade can be up to 10 times the cost, with restaurant operators offering the exotic dishes usually aware of the violation but lured by the gains, Xu {Hongfa, director of the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) TRAFFIC East Asia China Program} said. Illegal trade in tiger meat and bones is also alive, continuing to threaten the extinction of an already depleted species, he said. The Chinese want them for exotic foods and for medicine. From the China Daily.

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$10 Million Euros in Smuggled Wildlife Seized

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Police seized tiger bones, anteater scales and bear gall bladders in an international operation against the use of endangered plants and animals in traditional medicine, officers said Friday. Illegal animal and plant products with a retail value of 10 million euros (13.6 Operation Tram "revealed a large amount of medicines either containing or marketing the use of illegal ingredients such as tiger, bear and rhinoceros," according to the French-based international coordinating body.