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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

3 weeks ago
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.
By Lucas Niewenhuis