World Governments Reject Tiger Farming and Trade;
A Victory for Wild Tigers, Coalition Says
June 13, 2007
The Hague, The Netherlands – Tigers should not be bred for trade in their parts, governments gathered here said today, approving a decision to strengthen conservation of wild tigers.
"Tiger breeding farms are anethma to conservation," said Teresa M. Telecky, Ph.D., director of the wildlife trade program for HSUS and HSI. "Markets for tiger parts and products must be closed once and for all if tigers are to be saved."
"This was a major victory for wild tigers, which could be quickly wiped out by poaching if there is a legal market anywhere," said Uttara Mendiratta of Wildlife Protection Society of India, on behalf of the 35 member organizations of the International Tiger Coalition. "The international community has sent a clear message that the world cannot sacrifice the last wild tigers for the sake of a handful of wealthy tiger farm investors."
The International Tiger Coalition commends delegates from four countries with wild tigers –
Privately run "tiger farms" across China have bred nearly 5,000 captive tigers and are putting enormous pressure on the Chinese government to allow legal trade in tiger parts within China. They argue that their captive tigers will meet the demand of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) users for tiger-bone tonic wines and medicines. But TCM practitioners worldwide have stopped using tiger bone and reject the argument that it is needed in legitimate medicines.
"The request for reopening trade does not come from TCM," Lixin Huang, president of the
All international trade in tiger parts is banned by CITES, and