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Monday, June 09, 2008

Aaaaaand We're Back - With Tiger Wine?

As you'll see when you read this article, some parks in China are selling what's termed, appropriately enough, Tiger Wine. People seem to think that it is sort of special and claim that it is, "a health tonic to treat conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism".

Maybe it's the skeptic in me, but where the fuck is the evidence? When people make claims like that - testable, specific claims - why don't the folks who are out there killing endangered tigers maybe throw together a trial? Oh, right, they don't care. They could not care less that: "trade in parts of the endangered species has been subject to an international ban since 1987, and has been outlawed in China since 1989."

China has, since 1980s, set up "Tiger Farms" to keep the population of tigers at acceptable world levels (although I doubt that was their motive). The Chinese also thought that they could end the ban on using and selling tiger parts because they could control poaching through conservation-friendly methods:
They (the Chinese delegation at the global Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species) argued that this would prove to be the most sustainable option because it would satisfy the demand from traditional medicine practitioners without threatening the wild tiger population.
When the fuck did satisfying the demands of idiots creep into international discussions on endangered species? How does someone even keep a straight face?

Conservation Person: We need to stop killing tigers because they're dying out and only occupy 7% of their natural habitat.

Quack: But my customers like to eat them.

CP: Well they'll have to stop because we're going to lose tigers forever - you'll eat them into extinction.

Q: Tigers taste good in tea. Or wine...great wine.

CP: Do you have any actual proof that the tiger products you make help medical conditions?

Q: No actual data, but Kung Pow said his arthritis feels better. And Ming, she said her fingers are much less sore.

CP: Are you serious? That's it? Ok, you have to stop using tiger parts. Seriously.

Q: But they taste really good....

I can't believe I have to get angry about this shit.

5 Barbaric Yawps:

At 10/6/08 1:25 pm, Blogger spajadigit said...

If you don't, who will?

Seriously, though, part of the problem is that it's hard to be interested in conservation when you don't know where your next meal is gonna come from. Animals in China, ALL animals, are looked at as a source of protein. Go to the zoos there, and people are throwing rocks at the animals, or throwing trash into the enclosures. There's just not the respect for animals there that we have here.

That's not an excuse, but part of an explanation.

Look at the Japanese, though. They too are willing to hunt whales to the brink of extinction because it tastes good, and there's money to be made.


At 10/6/08 1:26 pm, Blogger spajadigit said...

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At 14/6/08 12:35 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um... the first thing I thought of when I heard the phrase "Tiger Wine" was... someone's making tigers pee into a bottle and selling it to idiots who want to drink it?

If only.

-- Melissa G

At 14/6/08 1:45 pm, Blogger Heathen Mike said...

Yeah, that was the first thought in my head too, Melissa. Sadly, it's so much damn worse....

At 15/6/08 5:29 am, Anonymous mikekoz68 said...

Its articles like this that make me hate humans, I mean it, I'm disgusted at my own species


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