Tigers held in captivity in China are being held in abhorrent conditions so that they can produce “tiger wine” – an aphrodisiac for Chinese men
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It’s technically illegal in the country to breed the big cats in captivity, however, an exception allows tiger farms to do so if they are professedly in place to deter poaching, reports RT. Animal rights activists say it’s all just smoke and mirrors–that the farms are intentionally starving the tigers to death for profit.
Once the emaciated and often sick cats have died, their skins are saved and their bones are added to vats of tiger wine for up to eight years.
It’s believed at least 6,000 captive tigers are currently being farmed in China–more than twice the amount alive in the wild. Worse yet, tiger farms also increases demand for these animals in the wild, leading to a decline in their populations.
Multiple petitions are circulating that call on the Chinese government to ban the trade in tiger parts.
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