The last known wild tiger in China killed and eaten by villagers

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  1. enlightened1

    enlightened1 Member of The Month JANUARY 2010

    Aug 14, 2009
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    The Paradise Island

    The last wild Indochinese tiger in China was killed and eaten by a man who was yesterday sentenced to 12 years' jail.

    Kang Wannian, a villager from Mengla, Yunnan Province, came across the tiger in February while gathering freshwater clams in a nature reserve near China's border with Laos.

    He claimed to have killed it in self-defence.


    The only known wild Indochinese tiger in China, photographed in 2007 at the same reserve, has not been seen since Kang's meal, the Yunnan-based newspaper Life News reported earlier this month.

    A local court sentenced Kang to 10 years for killing a rare animal plus two years for illegal possession of firearms.

    Prosecutors said Kang did not need a gun to gather clams.

    Four villagers who helped Kang dismember the tiger and ate its meat were also sentenced from three to four years for 'covering up and concealing criminal gains', the report said.

    Kang was also fined £56,000.

    The Indochinese tiger is on the brink of extinction, with fewer than 1,000 left in the forests of Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.

    Elsewhere, police said eight tigers and a lioness belonging to a Russian travelling circus died during a 20-hour truck journey across Siberia.

    Police in the Siberian region of Yakutia say the animals were dead when they arrived early this morning in the city of Yakutsk.

    An investigation is underway.

    An employee of the private Mechta circus based in the southern city of Krasnodar says the Indian tigers and lioness suffocated because of poor ventilation on the heated truck.

    The news portal showed photographs of the dead tigers, one piled on top of another in a cage.

    The animals were last seen alive in the city of Neryungri, 510 miles from Yakutsk.
  3. mattster

    mattster Respected Member Senior Member

    May 30, 2009
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    You have to understand the mentality of the Chinese to fully understand why this happened.

    If a Chinamen is shown the last Tiger on planet Earth , and then told that this Tiger meat will increase his sexual performance and vitality - then that last Tiger is dead-meat !!

    That because most Chinese have no altruistic values or just runs in their gene pool.
  4. ppgj

    ppgj Senior Member Senior Member

    Aug 13, 2009
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    on the one hand the chinese govt punishes the the culprit to 12 years jail. on the other hand it does not do anything to curb the chinese market from using tiger parts its population uses which is the cause of poaching tigers in india!! can't understand.

    ‘Tiger, leopard parts prices in China markets have doubled’

    it wont be long when indian tiger too is extinct.
  5. ppgj

    ppgj Senior Member Senior Member

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    China to get tough on illegal trade in tiger parts

    Ananth Krishnan Beijing, January 4, 2010

    In the Year of the Tiger, efforts to save the endangered big cat have been given a much-needed boost.

    China, from where much of the demand for tiger parts is sourced, has announced new measures to clamp down on illegal trade in tiger parts, calling for improved anti-poaching action and greater regulation of captive-breeding centres from where tiger parts are harvested.

    Much of the poaching in India is driven by the huge demand from China, where tiger bones and other parts are used in traditional medicine. The coming year, conservationists say, could be crucial in the fight to save India’s 1,300 wild tigers. The year 2010 is being celebrated in China as the Year of the Tiger, and many conservationists fear an increased demand for tiger parts from Chinese consumers.

    In a directive issued last week, China’s State Forestry Administration outlined the new steps it would take to crack down on the illegal trade. The measures call for “improved protection of tigers and their prey in the wild through research, monitoring, anti-poaching and alleviating human-tiger conflicts.”

    The directive urges provincial governments to better coordinate their efforts with other law enforcement agencies to crack down on the trade and to encourage the public to report wildlife crime to authorities.

    The new measures were welcomed by New Delhi, which has been pressing China to do more to clamp down on illegal trade. Minister of Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh said the measures were “a small step forward.” “It shows recognition from China that they must be seen to be doing something on this issue,” he told The Hindu on Sunday.

    In August, Mr. Ramesh led a delegation to Beijing, calling on his counterpart, Zhou Shengxian, to strengthen law enforcement to tackle cross-border trafficking. Another delegation would visit Beijing later this month or early next month to work closely with China on sharing intelligence and monitoring illegal trade, Mr. Ramesh said.

    India would also seek the help of neighbours Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand at a ministerial-level conference on tigers scheduled in Bangkok for January 25 and 26.

    China’s new measures were welcomed by conservationists, who, however, called on the country to close down its captive farms where more than 4,000 tigers are kept. The measures call only for increased monitoring and management of the breeding farms, by tracking tiger deaths and requiring facilities to acquire permits.

    Conservationists fear that the measures may signal a lifting of the ban on tiger parts which has been in force since 1993. The government has argued that regulating trade from breeding farms might curb illegal poaching.

    But the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, of which India is a member, has called on China to close down its captive farms, arguing that the farms help to create an additional demand for tiger products.

    The Hindu : News / International : China to get tough on illegal trade in tiger parts

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