Chinese businessman jailed for eating tigers

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From Want China Times:

Guangxi businessman jailed for 13 years for eating tigers

Andy Hung and Staff Reporter

2015-01-04, 09:10 (GMT+8)

A wealthy Chinese businessman has been sentenced to 13 years in prison by a court in China’s southern Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region for purchasing and eating endangered tigers, according to a local media news report.

The man, identified by his surname Xu, had organized three trips in 2013 to the neighboring province of Guangdong, where he purchased three tigers that were then killed by electric shock and dismembered.

The dismembered tigers were then transported to Xu’s home province of Guangxi, where he and his friends could eat their meat, bones and other remnants as well as drink wine made out of their blood, the report said.

Xu reportedly told his friends: “If anyone asks, say it is beef, horse or big cat meat,” the report said.

He and 14 other paid accomplices were convicted last year after admitting to smuggling and killing the three endangered big cats between March and May 2013.

Xu was arrested after the police found footage of him watching the first tiger’s execution. When they entered Xu’s home, police seized eight cuts of animal meat and bones from a refrigerator, some of which were later identified as tiger parts, including a penis.

They found not only bones and other remnants of tigers, but other animal skeletons and meat, which were later confirmed to be those of giant geckos and a cobra, both endangered animals under government protection.

Authorities also discovered 16 giant geckos, a cobra and a tiger penis reportedly worth 134 million yuan (US$21.6 million), 113 million yuan (US$18 million) and 480,000 yuan (US$77,000), respectively.

Over the past decade, the sale of tiger meat, penis and wine made out of tiger bones has been rampant in Guangdong’s Zhanjiang. Tiger bones sell for 7,000 yuan (US$1,128) per 500 grams, while tiger meat sells for 500 yuan (US$80) per 500 gm and wine made out of tiger bones sells for 500 yuan (US$80) per 500 milliliters.

Guangdong and Guangxi are considered notorious for the consumption of rare species, where an estimated 70% of the black market smuggling of animals in China takes place.

Protected animals such as monitor lizards and pangolins are hunted and traded illegally, eventually ending up on diners’ plates. In addition, the giant salamander, wild snakes, owls and the yellow-breasted bunting are among the most regularly eaten in the two provinces.

In an attempt to eliminate the illegal trade in endangered animals, the government has announced harsh new punishments for traffickers, hunters and consumers. Those caught eating rare wildlife can face the strictest penalties, such as more than a decade in prison, the report said.

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