Eat­ing tigers lands Guang­dong busi­ness­man in jail for 13 years

The China Post - - GUIDE POST -

A Chi­nese busi­ness­man who bought and ate three tigers has been sentenced to 13 years in prison, state me­dia re­ported Tues­day.

The wealthy real es­tate de­vel­oper, iden­ti­fied only by his sur­name Xu, has “a spe­cial hobby of grilling tiger bones, bon­ing tiger paws, stor­ing tiger pe­nis, eat­ing tiger meat and drink­ing tiger blood al­co­hol,” the of­fi­cial Xin­hua news agency said in June when he went on trial.

Xu or­ga­nized three sep­a­rate trips last year for a to­tal of 15 peo­ple, in­clud­ing him­self, to Leizhou in the south­ern prov­ince of Guang­dong, where they bought tigers for a “huge amount of money” that were killed and dis­mem­bered as they watched, the gov­ern­men­trun news por­tal gxnews.com.cn re­ported Tues­day.

One of them filmed the en­tire process of a tiger slaugh­ter with his mo­bile phone. The footage was later ob­tained by po­lice.

Po­lice seized eight pieces of an­i­mal meat and bones from a re­frig­er­a­tor in Xu’s home, some of which were later iden­ti­fied as tiger parts, in­clud­ing a pe­nis, the re­port said, adding that 16 geckos and a cobra were also found.

A court in Guangxi ear­lier this year con­victed the 15 of “il­le­gally trans­port­ing pre­cious and en­dan­gered wild an­i­mal prod­ucts” but the con­vic­tion was not re­ported at the time.

Xu was sentenced to 13 years in prison and a fine of 1.55 mil­lion yuan (US$250,000), gxnews.com. cn said, with the oth­ers jailed for terms be­tween five and six and a half years, and given smaller fines.

They ap­pealed and a higher court up­held the rul­ing on Mon­day, the re­port said.

Tiger bones have long been an in­gre­di­ent of tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine, sup­pos­edly for a ca­pac­ity to strengthen the hu­man body, and while they have been re­moved from its of­fi­cial in­gre­di­ent list the belief per­sists among some.

It is a long-held belief across parts of Asia that penises of an­i­mals such as tigers and seals can boost men’s sex­ual per­for­mance.

There is no ortho­dox sci­en­tific ev­i­dence for such claims.

Decades of trafficking and habi­tat de­struc­tion have slashed the tiger pop­u­la­tion from 100,000 a cen­tury ago to ap­prox­i­mately 3,000, ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Union for the Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture’s Red List of threat­ened species, where the tiger is classed as en­dan­gered.

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