China's skin saver
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."