The top countries with tiger farms are dragging their feet on this issue.
Last week, the world had an opportunity to address tiger farming for good, but objections from China and Vietnam – the world’s top two countries involved in tiger trade – ended all hopes on this.
Tiger breeding centres in Asia have increased at an astounding rate over the last 15 years, despite calls to end tiger breeding for commercial purposes and phase out tiger farms.
The discussion on Asian big cats came up at CITES last week, and we had hoped for strong decisions by Parties that would strengthen legislation, improve law enforcement, look to phase out tiger farms and reduce demand for tiger parts and products.
The (not-so-good) result:
What can be done now?
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