Tiger Consevation In China
By Amelia Meyer
Tigers in China face the ever-present threat of being killed illegally for their perceived medicinal value. Almost every part of their body is believed to have some healing value in the Chinese culture. In addition, those using such medicine prefer, according to formal surveys, the products cultivated from wild tigers to those from farmed ones. Of the total number of people interviewed for one survey, 43% testified to having used tiger products. Of these, 90% had used such products since there becoming illegal in 1993. 71% of the consumers preferred goods from wild tigers.
This has enormous implications as it means that, despite all efforts, wild tigers are facing the constant and very real threat of extinction at the hands of human beings.