China's skin saver

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

China has said for the first time that it al­lows skin trade of cap­tive tigers. The ad­mis­sion came in a meet­ing of the Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tional Trade in En­dan­gered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Wildlife con­ser­va­tion bod­ies have long ac­cused China of prac­tis­ing tiger farm­ing for skin trade. China has put forth an in­ter­est­ing ar­gu­ment: ac­cord­ing to the Chi­nese law, there is a ban only on tiger bones. BBC quoted a Chi­nese of­fi­cial as say­ing, "We don't ban trade in tiger skin but we do ban trade in tiger bones."

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