China is allowing the sale of tonic wine made using tiger bones, despite the fact that the practice has been illegal in the country since 1993.
AFP reports that the London-based Environment Investigation Agency (EIA) has uncovered evidence of a legalised domestic trade in captive-bred tiger products.
“The stark contradiction between China’s international posture supporting efforts to save the wild tiger and its domestic policies which drive the poaching of wild tigers is one of the biggest cons ever perpetrated in the history of tiger conservation,” Debbie Banks, head of the EIA Tiger Campaign, told AFP.
The EIA report also presented evidence that traders are using “secret” government notifications to legitimise the manufacture of tiger bone wine.
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