Care For a Glass of Tiger Bone Wine?

Posted on June 10, 2008

When you think of an animal park, you would normally think of animal protection. What you would not expect is to have animal park employees offer you wine made using endangered tiger carcasses.

Care For a Glass of Tiger Bone Wine? pictureTravel to enough animal parks in China and that is exactly what you will find.

Tiger Bone Wine, made from the carcass of a Tiger soaked in rice wine, is claimed by many animal parks to be a health tonic used to treat arthritis and rheumatism.

It is illegal to make and sell Tiger Bone Wine, but that hasn’t stopped many animal park workers from producing the drink and attempting to sell it to park visitors.

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“The trade in parts of endangered species has been subject to international ban since 1987, and has been outlawed in China since 1989″

When challenged by undercover EPA, Environment Protection Agents, workers claimed and even provided documentation that they were approved by the Chinese government to produce the wine. Whether the documents and the claim where legit is unknown but the EPA called in authorities on two parks suspected of making the wine.

There are a limited number of tigers left in the wild, roughly 3,500 to 7,500, and only about half of those are breeding adults.

Ever since the 1980′s small tiger farms have been created that could actually house more tigers than there are free in the wild. It has been suggested that a removal of the ban on using endangered species would allow the use of farmed tigers for traditional medical purposes without hurting the wild tiger population.

An EPA spokesperson indicated that the cost is much higher to raise tigers than to shoot them in the wild and “Lifting the ban would increase demand and lead to a surge in poaching. It would be far too easy to launder their skins, bones and parts among those from legalised tiger farms. This would effectively declare an open season on wild tigers.”

Tiger Bone Wine has been reported selling for around $25 to $35 per bottle, but good luck clearing customs with it.

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Sun Tzu has spent about 7 years in Asia traveling through Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Korea. A true fan of everything that is weird and strange, he decides in the end what is displayed and published on this site. Sun has previous experience writing for numerous print mags such as XLR8R, URB, and Movement Magazine.
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emma
emma

the people that do this and agree with this are disgusting. its put me off ever going to china. They desevre to be caged and fed to the tigers. Sick monsters!!!

April
April

they eat anything over there they eat dolphan to and they dont understand that its killing them faster bec of the mercury in it thats y they think the tiger bone wine helps them with problems

Alan
Alan

Yea this is 2011....i think evolution is working in reverse over there in china.

Tac
Tac

I admit this is WRONG morally and legally. I love tigers and it makes me sick to think that a group of people have used them like this. But someone has to admit it.....this has sparked a question, "What does it taste like?" I mean if people are willing to break the law to make it it has to be delicious. Sorry. I had to point it out, even if it is dispicable.

Mel
Mel

they break the law and make it for rediculous spiritual reasons. They think they will get the tiger's power's by drinking part of it.

April
April

try drinking all of it it has almost the whole tiger in it its just bits and pieces

reallity
reallity

good tiger wine where can i buy some??

Reena chung
Reena chung

this is bludy disgusting. Tigers are endangered, and should be free in the wild not kept captive to then die and be made into a drink. seriously, people need to sort their lives out. this is truly messed up.

me
me

since when does EPA have an i in it "When challenged by undercover EPA, Environment Investigation Agents," its Environmental Protection Agency not Environment Investigation Agents. EPA not EIA

Ruri_chan
Ruri_chan

Gross and also disturbing how does it taste horrid I bet. Really the punishment for selling tiger parts should be severe esp considering they are zoo workers and should be protecting the animals and not contributing to their exploitation. It's best to try and kill the market for illegal animal parts vs encourage it.

Joanna
Joanna

Zoo Workers....selling dead tiger crap.....public....when it's illegal? That's stupid...no offence China. Cause i'm Chinese. Even though i'm all for China, that is just outrageous! They're zoo workers too! They should be caring for their animals, not selling their dead remains in wine!

Beyonce
Beyonce

Shut up! I am American and that means I'm free. Free to drink the wine made from any dead animal and I don't care what is required to make that wine for me.

emma
emma

disgusting monster

April
April

thats sick y the fuck would you want to drink blood from a tiger they r beautiful animals and if any ass hole wants to go against me i will shut u down bitch

Mel
Mel

lol, that was not a smart reply.