17 Jul

China 'Admits' Trading in Tiger Skins

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The BBC has reported that at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Chinese officials reportedly admitted that trade in tiger skins remains legal in China.The admission came after a report detailing how tiger skins supplied by captive tigers were being traded on a commercial scale, and that such trade was allowed by the Chinese government. According to various reports approximately 90 tiger skins have been intercepted in the last two years that were likely taken from captive-bred tigers.

Tiger and leopard skin for sale on the main street of Litang, Sichuan Province, Aug 2005.