Fight Just to Keep Them Alive: Stop Tiger Farms and Tiger Extinction

Target: The National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China

Goal: Criminalize and shut down captive tiger farming.

If someone says the word tiger to you, what’s the first thing you think of? Maybe a cute stuffed animal who loves bouncing in a hundred acre wood, or an Italian-American cartoon who sells breakfast cereal, or the imaginary best friend of a very creative little boy named Calvin. If you thought of an actual, live tiger, roaming its ancestral home of all of Asia, consider that this image might soon be just as fictional as the first three example listed.

One hundred years ago, one hundred thousand tigers lived across Asia, from the southernmost parts of Indonesia to the easternmost parts of Siberian Russia. Today fewer than 4,000 tigers exist in the wild, and their numbers shrink every day. The reasons for their endangered status include substantial habitat loss, from widespread forest clearing by industrial and agricultural trade, and human-tiger conflicts, as tigers are forced to live closer to humans where both sides clash over livestock as their food and humans retaliate attacks by killing tigers. But the biggest force in tiger extinction is the black market demand for tiger parts, which fuels poaching and captive tiger farms, the majority of which are in China.

Conditions in such tiger farms are deplorable. These places are publicized as an important part of conservation efforts but they’re nothing more than for-profit-factories where tigers are “bred for their bones.” One journalist compared a farm to a medieval circus, where the animals are routinely abused, chained and leashed, malnourished, and drugged while being made to perform in crowded, dirty cages for a small number of visitors. No effort is made to keep the tigers healthy because it would cost more money than what a dead tiger brings in, and since it’s illegal to kill them, the animals suffer from open wounds and starvation before finally dying. You can usually buy a bottle of tiger bone wine right in the nearby gift shop. Most significant is that the tigers have been crossbred and inbred to the point where their genes would be damaging to the greater tiger population, with no skills to survive in their natural habitat, and no way to legitimately help increase the tiger population.

The World Bank and the International Tiger Coalition, along with other organizations, have proved that tiger farms do nothing to truly help save tigers from extinction, and only help fuel the demand for tiger parts. Tell the Chinese government to shut down these farms, to stop tiger abuse and prevent their extinction.

PETITION LETTER:

To The National People’s Congress,

I am writing to implore you to create and enforce legislation that will permanently ban tiger farms across China.

Tiger farms do not contribute to the preservation of the greater tiger population – none of the tigers are ever released into the wild, and if they were they would have no skills to survive in their natural habitat. The crossbreeding and inbreeding of the captive tigers also means that any introduction to the wild tiger gene pool would be devastating. In addition, the conditions on these farms are dreadful, ensuring that the tigers live a lifetime of suffering before their deaths provide a profit for the owners, which is the true goal of such places. Tiger farms only contribute to the growing demand for illegal tiger parts.

The tiger is one of the most culturally significant icons in China, but it will be extinct well before the end of the century if strong action is not taken. Please consider this one way of saving them, the total prohibition of tiger farms.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Bonny Gatchel says:

    China. The black hole of the universe for virtually anything with four legs. Unconscionable. Un-educated. Why not serve Chinese human bone wine? There is more than enough of that to go around.

    • COULDNT OF SAID IT BETTER MYSELF!!!! YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUTTA MY MOUTH!murder of defenseless animals-this is a practice that no truly civilized societies would endorse.
      The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.China wake up not everything is edible and by gosh not all animals have “magic powers”,

  2. China might be advanced in tecnology but is still living in the dark ages with it’s superstitions and lack of medical knowledge ,their treatment of animals is primitive and barbaric they will be responsible for the demise of the rhino ,elephant and Tiger population ,due to their superstitious beliefs that these poor animals body parts some how enhance their virility and libido,what will they do when these beautiful animals are -gone?

  3. Maggie Schafer says:

    I posted a story a couple months ago showing that China uses aborted fetuses to make soup! Does that not tell you what a bunch of backward mentally deranged people they are and their government support this crap! I would like nothing better than to not purchase products from China. If I have a choice, I do just that!

  4. When it comes to having petitions to sign to save the big cats–this time, tigers–the world has indeed gone to pot. All because somebody figured out a way to profit from these magnificent icons–to make money off innocent souls. Typical despicable human profit-seekers, and they don’t care how they do it as long as it pays off. It makes me sick that the world hasn’t cracked down on these monsters. I have no words to describe or even combat this kind of evil, these pigs, these subhuman scumbags nobody bothers to stop. May God curse the ground they walk on and somehow save the victims.

  5. These barbaric monsters in China do have a law about KILLING tigers for their body parts. In these places of torment – tiger farms – they allow them to starve to death, thus not KILLING them. They should all meet their maker in that fashion, the bastards. If you starved a person to death you’re charged with KILLING them. I guess China feels they’re above moral
    behavior. Sick.

  6. Selene Rossi says:

    Please protect the tigers and their environment in China and abolish the tiger farms. Thank You

  7. S A HEALY says:

    LEAVE THE ANIMALS ALONE!!!!!!!!!! PUT YOUR SORRY ASSES IN THE CAGES!!!!!!!! YOU DESERVE JUST THAT!!!!!!!!!!

  8. DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

    ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES HAS TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT, KILLINGS & WRONG SPECIES-APPROPRIATE HUSBANDRY TO ALL LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO THE RESPONSIBLES.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !
    WE ARE NOT WILLING TO CARRY THE WEIGHT OF WORST CONDITIONS LEFT TO FUTUREGENERATIONS WHICH YOU ARE CREATING!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    DEFORMED MONSTERS SHOULD BE LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS. THEY DISTURB FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    People need to vote unacting authorities acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations once and for all!

  9. Sam Outhorn says:

    Are such ‘farmers’ human, may I ask? Tigers, moreover, aren’t the only controversial animal involved: bears, dogs…: all equally high on the list. Not to mention horrifying goings on in ‘fur farms’ everywhere – let alone the average and disgustingly filthy ‘restaurant’… The mere thought of sharing the planet with such horribly ignorant people makes one shudder. It is boycott all ‘Made in China’ produce in our house, whatever…

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