Tigers, or how China will treat them, has become an interesting point of friction between China and its neighbors like India. PowerCat, beware.
New Delhi, June 22 (PTI): A senior government official on Thursday sharply reacted to China’s reported plans to review its 14-year-old ban on trade in bones from captive-bred tigers for traditional medicines and vowed to oppose the move.
“If they do any thing like that we will strongly and seriously oppose the move again. They have signed a resolution at the global forum to work for the protection of Asian Big Cats,” Rajesh Gopal of Tiger Conservation Authority of India said here.
He was referring to the recent meeting of the 171 members of the Convention of International Trades for Endangered Species (Cites) which in a recent meeting at The Hague had warned China that lifting the ban on the trade could drive wild tigers to extinction.
“They are bound by the Cites’ regulation,” Gopal said. Conservationists too have expressed their concern over China’s move, saying that it would prove death-knell to the Asian big cats in the wild.
“China has got a clear message from the world that it doesn’t want any trade of tiger’s body parts. If China decides so, it will be opposite to the what world wants,” Belinda Wright, prominent conservationist said.
Quoting Wang Wei, deputy wildlife director at the State Forestry Administration, China’s state media reported that “the ban would not be there forever, given the strong voices from tiger farmers, experts and society.”
Ravi Singh, secretary General of World Wildlife Fund was of the similar view saying that it (lifting of ban) would prove disaster to the tigers in the wild.
“China has its own internal trade of tiger’s body parts. But there is no method to segregate wild tiger from those bred in captivity,” he said.
Presently China has only about 50 tigers in wild but about 5,000 in captivity.
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