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Feb
10

I never even heard of tiger wine before, now I wish I hadn’t

A very disturbing article – and quite unsustainable in it’s practice at this rate.
Exposed: Dark secret of the farm where tigers’ bodies are plundered to make £185 wine | Mail Online

For here, 1,500 captive tigers – around half as many as there are thought to be remaining in the wild – live out miserable lives in squalid conditions.  Each tiger costs around £6 a day to feed, and it is easy to see that the small clusters of visitors paying £7.50 each to wander around the cages and watch bizarre animal shows cannot possibly cover even the cost of food for the vast park.One of the emaciated tigers in a cage at the Xiongshen Tiger and Bear Mountain Village in Guilin, China

The reason is the tigers, mostly Siberian, are far more valuable dead than alive.

For a 55lb pile of bones from a single tiger can be worth up to £225,000. There is a hugely lucrative trade in the skeletons at the Guilin park.

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Tiger bone wine, made by steeping tiger bones in huge vats of potent 38 per cent-proof rice wine, has for more than 2,000 years been one of the most expensive and sought-after Chinese traditional medicines, believed to bestow the tiger’s power and strength upon the taker.

It is popular among wealthy middle-aged men including, reportedly, some of the Communist Party’s senior officials and is said to have been used by modern China’s founder Chairman Mao Tse-Tung himself, in the superstitious belief that it counters the effects of ageing and boosts flagging sex drive.

Because of the scarcity of tigers, a single bottle of tiger bone wine from a rare vintage year can sell for £600 or more. As well as a supposed medical remedy, it is a prestigious drink sometimes shared between men at high-level political or business meetings, or drunk at lavish parties.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1252500/Exposed-Dark-secret-farm-tigers-bodies-plundered-make-185-wine.html#ixzz0gMILIxHo

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2 Responses to “I never even heard of tiger wine before, now I wish I hadn’t”


  1. 1 Emilie
    October 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    someone have to stop this!!

  2. 2 john west
    February 7, 2012 at 2:49 am

    chinese will eat and drink all most anything, next thing on the menu will be human flesh and bones
    and then planet earth.


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