UPDATED: Illegal tiger bone wine auction in Beijing must be stopped
On Saturday, Chinese officials stopped the illegal auction of tiger bone wine. The International Fund for Animal Welfare applauds this decision, read the IFAW press release here.
And an article from a Guardian UK reporter who was at the auction, who quotes Grace, here.
ORIGINAL POST 12.2:11:
Yesterday, I was shocked to discover listings for the sale of more than 400 bottles of ”tiger bone wine” at Chinese auction house Googut to take place tomorrow (Saturday) in a Beijing hotel.
The sale of products made from tiger bone is not only illegal and in violation of international convention but also blatantly disregards the pledge of China’s Premier Wen Jiabao to protect wild tigers by cracking down on the trade of tiger products. He made that pledge only a year ago this week at the at the Global Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.
I visited the auction preview today in person and unfortunately confirmed that tiger bone products produced by several Traditional Chinese Medicine manufacturers are on offer, along with carved rhino horn, which, just like tiger bone, has been illegal to buy and sell in China since 1993.
The sale of tiger products of any kind confuses the public, stimulates market demand and fuels poaching of tigers, a vicious cycle that is driving the tiger species to the brink of extinction; as few as 3,000 wild tigers survive.
IFAW has alerted the Chinese authorities to this illegal trade and urged them to shut down this auction.