Likely captive tigers in private hands, as in the US and elsewhere, entering international trade....
Tigers rescued from Chinese medicine farm
Animal inspectors have rescued eight tigers who were due to be slaughtered for the illegal Far East medical black market.
The five fully grown tigers and three cubs were found stashed at a dog kennels in Somma Lombardo, in northern Italy, after a tip off to police.
Investigators believe the animals were due to be used in traditional Chinese medicines where healers claim that illnesses can be cured by digesting parts of powerful animals like tigers. Now animal welfare experts have moved the big cats to a nearby wildlife park.
"They were living in small cages in terrible conditions and they are lucky to be alive. Sadly they have been so badly treated there is no chance of returning them to the wild," said one.
For the cats,
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457
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