January 27, 2010
China (ChattahBox) – After announcing that they were considering lifting the ban on the sale of tiger parts, China has backed away from that debate, instead saying they will be increasing attempts to protect the now endangered animals.
The government had been considering removing the ban that had been placed in 1993 after increased pressures from tiger farmers with overstock started to create some sway.
But in the end they chose to uphold the ban, and have promised to increase efforts to protect those few tigers that remain in the wild in China.
But many say that the efforts being put forth against poachers now are not enough.
“We have been offered tiger, leopard and snow leopard parts in China. These are things that China should have been doing for the last ten years,” Debbie Banks of the Environmental Investigation Agency said.
“By allowing breeding and the stockpiling of tiger parts they are sending a clear message that the trade in tiger bones will one day be legalized.”
There are now only 18-24 tigers left in China, down from the 4,000 living there in the 1950’s.
Tiger parts, such as claw, penis, whiskers, and skins are used in traditional medicine, and as decoration.