POLL: Should the US ban the import and export of tiger bone wine?

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is allowing the use of the bones of captive-bred tigers to be used as a tonic wine, even though the practice has been illegal since 1993. The government justifies this practice by claiming they are captive tigers- not wild ones. But they were obviously wild at some point and taken from the wild.

It is estimated there are 5,000 captive tigers on farms and zoos, though there are as few as 3,200 wild tigers left worldwide. 100 years ago, there were 100,000 wild tigers but they were relentlessly poached for parts and put in captivity on farms until they have now become critally endangered in the wild.

Tigers scrabbling for food in the cages at Guilin

Tiger bone tonic wine is believed to have medicinal properties. Tiger bones are left to soak in the wine and removed before bottling. It is believed to remedy muscle pain, rheumatism, arthritis, paralysis and stimulate blood flow and has been used for centuries in .

China declared to help double the world’s wild tiger population by 2022 by combating illegal trading and poaching of tigers and tiger parts, yet it is driving the market for continued illegal poaching and the demand for .

The only way to truly combat the poaching of tigers and save the tiger from extinction is to ban the use of ALL tiger products, including tiger bone wine.

In the United States, it is estimated there are more tigers in captivity than in the wild- although there is no exact count as no permit is required for tiger breeding, and no one is exactly sure what happens to surplus tigers. We ask that the U.S ban the import and the export of tiger products, especially the highly demanded tiger bone wine.

We invite you to vote FOR or AGAINST a ban on the import and export of tiger bone wine. Even if you’re not from the US, please vote and also leave your comments at the bottom of this page.

Should the US ban the import and export of tiger bone wine?

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The editorial content of this article was written by Lucy Shaw for the Drinks Business.

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Marilyn Leybra

Be assured, the U.S. kills enough wild animals to make ur head spin.

Marilyn Leybra

Why is this website page black, is there a reason because it is very unpleasing to the eye & disconcerting.

Marilyn Leybra

According to this, "In the U.S. it is estimated there are more tigers in captivity than in the wild- although there is no exact count as 'no permit' is required for tiger breeding…" anyone in U.S. could already be farming tigers for their bones or starting to at any time. So what's the point of banning imports? In fact, why criticize China, the U.S. human species is the same & the same everywhere.

Anne Grice

I cant believe that the USA actually imports this repugant liquid of China's sickening abhorent evil to tigers! Really you are no better than China to be part of this truly senseless suffering of tigers!

Valerie Fletcher

i am disgusted that you use gods tigers for wine shame on you.

Karen Collins Gramza

Um, YES! I THINK THEY SHOULD ALL BAN THIS PRACTICE!!!!!!!!!!! Disgusting!!

Andrea Mack
Andrea Mack

The most powerful governments in the world should get involved in all of these injustices against tigers, rhinos, elephants, etc and stop China, Japan, Africa, etc from commiting them!
And then practice what they preach.

Hope V Ewing
Hope V Ewing

china should STOP right NOW!

Marcia Moore
Marcia Moore

Well, here we go again, warnings that U.S. dogs, pets are getting sick because of dog treats sold in our stores from China! Ok, so maybe people have to pay .75 more for treats made in the U.S. for God's sake it's cheaper than a vet bill to try and save an animals life, but why even risk putting them through it??? By the way, another recall of over million lbs. of ground beef for restaurant use in 4 states for deadly strain E-coli!

Reid Caesar
Reid Caesar

Short to the point stop it !!

Vikki Andreo
Vikki Andreo

This shouldn't even be a question! This is injustice. Th US must be a leader and say "NO"!

Trevor Hartland

This is a country who believes & morals belong in the dark ages

Deborah Bradshaw

China you are backwards and dumb can't you see this is wrong

Linda Barnett

This is criminal and has to be stopped! These majestic creatures belong in the wild free and happy. Tigers must not be imprisoned in captivity for man to do with whatever they want! Tigers are high on the endangered species list and we must conserve this species along with many others. Again, China has a lot to answer to. Action is needed NOW to stop this despicable act of cruelty for good!

Anna Varrecchia Magee

Stop using innocent animals to make a living & get a real job! Low lives!

Christine Warman

Just another feeble excuse to kill more wild animals,this country is the killer of all wild animals,and try to convince the rest of the world with pathetic excuses about wines and herbs.
They are the killers of all animals,a disgrace to the world.

Marcia Moore
Marcia Moore

Could someone tell me what China is NOT DOING when it comes to the exploitation of animals? What is driving the demand for a wine that is produced at the expense of a tiger's life? A belief??? Total ignorance, it all comes from China's past that animals are no more than animals for them to use and abuse. I know there are some in China that have elevated themselves through education and find these practices and traditions vile, but they are living in a country where human rights are suppressed, so animals wouldn't have any rights, not even to breathe!… Read more »

Brenda Hixenbaugh

Are these people serious.They are tigers and endangered thanks to useless money grubbing ways such as this. What a preposterous question. Of course they shouldn't allow it.Wild or tame should not make a difference, they are TIGERS period.And those people that are wanting to bring this into the USA should be arrested for contributing to the extinction of an endangered species.

Teresa Bonelli
Teresa Bonelli

China siempre con sus cuentos y mentiras de pocimas inexistentes para sacarle dinero a todo,por dios no se puede creer que este país sea tan dañino ,el vino de tigre es una aberración fabricada por gente totalmente ignorante y enferma ,asi ,como puede progresar intelectualmente un pais con semejantes pensamientos de crueles barbaros que matan a los animales por ambicion de dinero.

Marie Hoffman

Too many of our wildlife are being abused by arrogant Humans. Animals are not here for us to eat, wear, experiment + test on they are here as we are to be. They are living beings and deserve the right to live without fear and pain.

Michelle Barber
Michelle Barber

OMG !!

Margaret Butcher
Margaret Butcher

This is ludicrous!!!!! Magnesium and other minerals and herbs can do all of the things that you are killing these poor tigers for. It is criminal!!

Leslie Stanick
Leslie Stanick

As long as there is a market for these so called"medicinal" treatments, tigers will in the wild will be in danger of poaching. It is abhorrent that China is incarcerating these powerful, majestic animals in tiny concrete cells to use them for making various tonics…mainly for male virility. If a man needs help, do Qi Gong for goodness sake, get acupuncture treatments, stop eating fatty meat. This is animal abuse. It doesn't matter if the animals are in cell blocks of in the wild, they are still tigers, and have a right to live free of torturous incarceration and being… Read more »

Betty Bud Schultz

There is absolutely no reason why this should now, or ever have existed. Tigers are my spirit animal, they have called to me all of my life with their beauty….they are a creation of God- and must be respected….they have a right to be…like us.

Michelle Raa
Michelle Raa

Yes, the USA should ban it, so should every nation that hasn't banned this already.

Donna Berg

The exploitation of this Beautiful Tiger has to be stopped . If this practice is allowed to continue we will lose these tigers The number indicate this , we must ban the import and export of any tiger based products coming to the U.S. and ask other countries to join in saving these Tigers. It is estimated there are 5,000 captive tigers on farms and zoos, though there are as few as 3,200 wild tigers left worldwide. 100 years ago, there were 100,000 wild tigers but they were relentlessly poached for tiger parts and put in captivity on farms until… Read more »

Timothy Barksdale
Timothy Barksdale

This practice is barbaric- No Doubt. The means of stopping it are perhaps not so simple. One needs only to look at the drug trade to see this. How can we shame those who are drinking this product while associating dishonor and embarrassment? I am personally appalled at the destructive and abusive behavior of wild animals in china. It must stop. But the trick is to really end it not just drive it underground and create a black market.

Delbert Smith
Delbert Smith

If it was not for the farms and zoos, tiger would be extinct just like the big cats of Africa! There must be a value other than the just wanting them to look at or the people have no use to raise the cats.

Pam Bass-Finnegan

Let's stop this cruelty at once

Pam Bass-Finnegan

Sto this madness sign this petition.

Wai Ling  Liu

ban the import and export of tiger bone wine , it is time to stop it , thanks