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China’s 200 tiger-breeding farms, holding 6,000 of the animals for slaughter and sale, will likely be a target of scrutiny at international conference on endangered species

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espite 1993 legislation in China that banned the trade of tiger body parts, the government has allowed about 200 farms to hold an estimated 6,000 tigers, whose skins and bones are sold to create decorations, tonics or lotions. The international community has previously lambasted the practice, but China has responded by citing the breeding of pigs and cattle in the critics' home markets. The issue will likely be a hot topic of discussion at a conference this week in South Africa.
8 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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