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Chinese wineries farm tigers for bones

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The BBC reports on the spread of Chinese tiger-farms, now estimated to contain more tigers than currently in the wild. The farms are popular destinations for tourists, but allegedly contain wineries in which the bones of dead animals are steeped to produce tiger bone wine.

As international law forbids the sale of tiger products, lion bones are often used - their price has reportedly risen 30-fold in the past two years.

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The one good thing about Chinese medicine? It gives providers of ingredients the incentive to not drive species to extinction. Granted, it's not at all ideal, but it's better than extinction by poaching.

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