Time to call a halt to tiger farming19/07/2012 16:39:40 Calling ‘time' on tiger farms and skin sales
July 2012. Countries with operations farming tigers and other Asian big cats must shut down such facilities and destroy stockpiled body parts and derivatives. And China - which has the world's greatest number of tiger farms - must terminate its ‘legal' domestic trade in tiger and leopard skins as an indication of genuine commitment to ending the tiger trade and reducing demand.
Stockpiling tiger products
Thailand, Vietnam and Laos
In addition, EIA is asking CITES to urge China to comply with the letter and spirit of earlier resolutions by withdrawing its controversial scheme allowing trade in the licenced skins of captive-bred tigers and leopards.
"China has very publically committed to international efforts to double the world's wild tiger population by 2022, with Premier Wen Jiabao promising the 2010 International Tiger Forum in Russia that his country would ‘vigorously combat poaching, trade and smuggling of tiger products'," said EIA Head of Tiger Campaign Debbie Banks.
"But these words can only ever be toothless platitudes so long as China officially sanctions the trade in skins of captive-bred animals. It's a policy that completely undermines commitments to demand reduction."
EIA is also calling CITES to remind parties of their obligations to formally report on all Asian big cats, not just tigers, and to set a new deadline for all range and consumer Parties of Asian big cats to provide the information required for INTERPOL to conduct a full analysis of trade.