Despite an international ban on the sale of bones from exotic animals, winemakers in China continue to make wine using the bones of endangered tigers and, due to a loophole in the law, it may technically be legal.
A ban on the trade of tiger bones has been in place in China since 1993, with international and domestic laws saying tigers are a protected species. However, China continues to use tigers in its so-called traditional medicines despite these bans.
Traditionally, tiger bone steeped wine is supposed to cure ailments like arthritis. The bones of wild tigers are particularly sought after, but it seems that people are willing to settle for bones taken from tigers bred in captivity, too. It’s estimated that there are anywhere between 5,000 and 6,000 tigers being held in captivity in China, even as their wild populations dwindle to dangerously low numbers.
To be clear, this isn’t a recent…
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