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Chinese gang slaughtered tigers as ‘blood sport’

By Ernest Dempsey     Mar 28, 2014 in World
Zhanjiang - Wild tigers have been slaughtered to entertain local officials and businessmen and tiger parts then sold as trade in China.
Animal abuse is frequently reported from China and animal rights advocates have created and circulated many petitions to save dogs from slaughter in various Chinese towns. But this time, a gang of animal abusers has targeted big cats. According to South China Morning Post, 10 tigers were killed in the southern Guangdong city of Zhanjiang to entertain businessmen and officials.
The story informs that 16 members of the gang were arrested by Zhanjiang police that raided a residential building where the gang was slaughtering a tiger. The paper also writes that one “suspect fell from the building in an attempt to escape the police.
Bangkok Post published a story about the incident telling that police seized evidence of tiger slaughter in from of the carcass of a freshly slaughtered tiger along with various tiger products. Additional evidence secured by the police from the crime scene includes video footage of the caged tiger being tortured via electrocution.
The Guardian published the photo of the slaughtered tiger seized by the police along with the AFP story published in Bangkok Post and elsewhere. The details reveal that tigers were slaughtered as part of blood sport to entertain local officials and prominent businessmen who gathered at the slaughter scene to “show off their social stature.”
In January, South China Morning Post published a story about a 31-year-old former chef arrested by police for moving a dead Siberian tiger in his car in the eastern city of Wenzhou. The tiger’s body showed traces of blood near its mouth. The paper noted that tiger trade is illegal in China and the Siberian tiger is protected under law as China has now only around 20 wild Siberian tigers left.
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