Target: Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang
Goal: Save tigers from cruel, illegal farms where they are to be made into tiger bone wine.
Illegal Chinese tiger farms are a growing problem. Despite the ban on the farms by the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species in 1975, China has continued to run tiger farms to sell their body parts. At present an estimated 4,000 tigers live captive on farms. This outnumbers the population of wild tigers, which is estimated to be 3,200.
Xiongshen claims to be a circus and owns 1,800 tigers. Despite putting on routine performances each week, the vast majority of the tigers are not seen by the small handful of people who attend. A recent expose of Xiongshen shows conditions that can be expected for tigers in farms. Behind the scenes, hundreds of tigers are kept in overgrown, rusty cages. Underfed and abused, the tigers are not kept to perform, but to have the skeletons marinated in rice wine then sold to an eager market.
If the deplorable conditions found in Xiongshen can be used as a gauge for other farms, the lives of the 4,000 tigers are very bleak. The breach in international law is only the start of the horrific nature of the tiger farming industry. Sign the letter below to exert pressure on Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to save the estimated 4,000 tigers in farms by putting an end to the industry.
Dear Prime Minister Li Keqiang,
Tigers are an endangered species, with only an estimated 3,200 in the wild. The estimated 4,000 tigers kept in tiger farms for the purpose of being made into tiger bone wine is illegal and amoral. The tigers are kept in deplorable conditions and overcrowded cages, starved, and abused. These animals are an international treasure that needs to be preserved.
I am writing you to ask that you put an end on the tiger farms. Keeping the majestic tiger in a rusty, overgrown cage while it waits to die to be made into soup is unacceptable. The focus needs to be on rebuilding wild tiger populations, not feeding a tiger-hungry populace. Turn the majestic cats over to conservation groups so that the species can recover.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: George Knowles