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China has declared its intention to combat the illegal trade of tiger parts. So why is the government looking the other way as captive-bred tiger bones are used for tonic wine?
The government justifies this practice by claiming the tigers are captive, not wild. But if it is possible to turn a profit from tiger slaughter, which the government is currently allowing, we can be sure that poachers will do it -- whether or not the tigers were raised in captivity. After all, when a tiger has been reduced to its parts, it's easy to claim that it was raised on a farm.
The only way to truly combat the poaching of tigers is to ban the sales of all tiger products, regardless of the animals' captivity status. Tell China to enforce the laws against tiger bone wine today!
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