The greed for a special aphrodisiac in China called Tiger Wine has led to the deaths of many captive tigers through starvation.
Tiger wine is said to boost the sex life of Chinese men, and is sold at $500 a bottle. The bones are considered to be the special ingredient of this aphrodisiac. They are steeped in rice wine and fermented over a period of 8 years; this leads to a sticky sweet brown mixture.
However, these tiger farms are now starting to resemble an execution centre, albeit, slowly and painfully, which have received a backlash from animal rights groups. Investigations revealed that these starving tigers are fed scraps of food, and live in poor enclosures with waist-high weeds in them. In the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain park, there are more than 1,800 tigers, and a further 1,000 live in the Siberian Tiger Park in northern China. At Xiongsen, there is a circus performance held each day, where tigers do tricks.
A Change.org petition to stop tiger farming has reached 202,864 signatures.
Last Updated 6:47 PM IST