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Of Quackery, Rhinos and Tigers

Last week’s Economist noted an almost thirty-fold increase in the poaching of South African rhinos between 2008 and 2011. As with the ongoing surge in elephant poaching, much of the blame has fallen on Chinese demand. Last...

China’s Environment in the Year of the Tiger

At the Guardian, Jonathan Watts looks back at environmental stories from the past year, including tigers, droughts, floods, traffic jams and oil spills. Also marked is the death of Liang Congjie, founder of China’s first...

China’s Year of the (Endangered) Tiger

Illegal hunting and habitat loss has reduced the number of wild tigers in China to fewer than 50. From The Star: China ushers in the Year of the Tiger on Sunday, kicking off a week-long celebration marked by festive fireworks...

Tiger Skin Trade in China Exposed

British-based Environmental Investigation Agency has reported a still thriving illegal tiger skin trade in China. More details, from BBC: In just 21 days the team was offered four full tiger skins, 12 leopard skins, 11 snow...

Chinese Parks ‘Sell Tiger Wine’

From BBC News: Illegal “tiger bone wine” is still being made and sold by some animal parks in China, say campaigners. The Environmental Investigation Agency says staff at two parks offered to sell the drink, made...

Rare Tiger Skinned and Beheaded in Chinese Zoo – AP

From AP via Gardian Unlimited: Police were searching for the culprits behind the beheading and skinning of a rare Siberian tiger at a zoo in central China, state media reported yesterday….Tiger skins are sold on the black market in China, and tiger parts are used in traditional medicines. The conservation group WWF lists the Siberian […]

Endangered Tigers in China – Weekend Magazine

Translated by CDT from Nanjing’s Weekend magazine: While Chinese are figuring out whether the photos by a farmer photographer of a South China tiger are real or not, China is not yet ready to announce that the species is extinct in the country even though some international organizations have said so. But the consensus seems […]

Rare Chinese Tiger Spotted For First Time In Decades – AFP

From AFP: A rare South China tiger has been spotted in the wild for the first time in decades, surprising researchers who feared the subspecies was extinct outside of captivity, state media said Friday. Experts have confirmed a photograph taken on October 3 by a farmer in Shaanxi province was of a young wild South […]

China ‘Gets the Message’ on Controversial Tiger Farms: NGO – AFP

At a CITIES conference, China proposed to re-legalize domestic trade of tiger parts from artificially-bred tigers. Conservationists fear that this would increase demand and encourage poaching. A decision will be made at the conference on Wednesday. From The Nation: Pressed by conservationists to shut down breeding farms housing some 5,000 tigers, China hinted Tuesday it […]

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