Tigers going bye bye.

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In the North Eastern Chinese city of Shenyang, a zoo has recently been closed due to ongoing financial problems which contributed to the deaths of thirteen endangered Siberian tigers. Two of these guys were shot last year after mauling a keeper (who survived) while a further eleven died only recently from malnutrition and neglect.

It has since been determined that the tigers may have in fact been harvested for their body parts and turned into’ tiger bone liquor,’ with large vats of the stuff supposedly coming from the zoo over the years. It’s no secret that many animals are used to create various Chinese medicines – a practice that has been going on for thousands of years. With liquors and tonics and extracts used to cure hundreds of different ailments, or increase things such as vitality, Chinese medicine is a famous part of Chinese culture. The only problem here is many of these medicines are created from the often rare or endangered animals; such as tigers.

There are supposedly as few as sixty wild tigers in China (and it surprises me that there are even that many), and it’s likely their days are numbered, with their names likely already on the list of some profiteering hunter.

It comes as no surprise that tiger related products will be in big demand this year – it of course being the Year of the Tiger.

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3 Responses to “Tigers going bye bye.”

  1. Ross Says:

    I’ve heard that some of the people responsible will be prosecuted, which always seems to happen swiftly in these high profile cases.

    It’s a mess here with environmental protection. I recently saw a bottle of alcohol infused with tiger penis in Beijing’s North Korean embassy restaurant, which seemed to be from China. Avoid strange, endangered medicines!

  2. Marcus Says:

    North Korean embassy restaurant? Man that’d have to be an interesting place, hah. What’s it like?

  3. Jay K Says:

    ross by any chance you have an address to this north korean embassy restaurant id like to go check it out.

    maybe ill even go and wear a t shirt with john bolton’s face on the front side. i wonder if they would give me a discount on their course meals

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