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Tigers Starved To Make Wine From Their Bones
By John Ingham, Environment Editor of Expree.co.uk

TIGERS have been starved to death in Chinese battery farms to make £130 bottles of wine from their crushed bones.

Their skins are turned into trophies, campaigners will tell ministers at Westminster next week. At least 11 tigers suffered the agonising death in just one farm last year, according to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s TigerTime campaign.

China banned the trade in tiger bone wine in 1993 – but many farmers think this does not apply to animals that die naturally.

 

Shepherd, the famous wildlife artist, said: “It’s believed farm owners starve tigers to death to enable them to claim they died from ‘natural causes’, getting round the few restrictions that are supposed to curb their activities. It is cruel and wicked.”

 

TigerTime supporters will meet Foreign Office minister Jeremy Browne next Wednesday to urge him to press China to ban all trade in tiger parts. And it wants people to sign its petition at www.bantigertrade.com.

It’s believed farm owners starve tigers to death to enable them to claim they died from ‘natural causes’, getting round the few restrictions that are supposed to curb their activities. It is cruel and wicked.

Campaigner and former model Samantha Fox said: “These revelations are sickening. For just one tiger to be treated this way would be an outrage. Eleven is mind-numbing.

“All this suffering just so people can have skins as trophies and drink wine made from crushed tiger bones.”

Joanna Lumley called the farms “barbaric” and the trade in tiger parts “abhorrent”.

Up to 6,000 tigers are thought to be held on the farms – twice as many as are left in the wild.

The prize for the farmers is the lucrative trade in skins – worth up to £25,000 – and body parts for ­traditional Chinese medicine. Tiger bone wine can sell for as much as £130 a bottle.

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