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Made in Europe: The shocking EU tiger trade

Made in Europe: The shocking EU tiger trade

While the trade in wild tigers is banned, the trade in captive bred tigers for commercial purposes is widespread and taking place in the EU.

With no clear rules and regulations within the European Union tigers are being bred, traded and moved with no one really knowing exactly where these large mammals end up.  Tiger traders operating in Europe are willing and able to sell and facilitate the transfer of tigers to Asian countries where demand for their parts for traditional medicine is causing mass cruelty and the poaching of significant numbers of wild tigers. This ruthless business with an endangered species and their parts, is not only an issue in Asia but is happening throughout Europe.

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Illegal trade in the EU

Between 1999 and 2017, 8,278 illegal tiger products, such as tiger bouillon cubes, teeth and claws, and 57 illegal live tigers were confiscated in the EU. All seizures are assumed to represent only 10% of what is smuggled.

Illegal trade in the EU map
XXX Top 5 EU member states live tiger seizures:
01France8 Seizures18 Tigers
02Italy6 Seizures13 Tigers
03Belgium4 Seizures11 Tigers
04Slovakia2 Seizures8 Tigers
05Spain7 Seizures7 Tigers


XXX Top 5 EU member states tiger product seizures:
01Denmark16 Seizures2688 Products
02The Netherlands51 Seizures1784 Products
03UK93 Seizures918 Products
04Germany36 Seizures892 Products
05Czeck Republic4 Seizures804 Products

Legal trade in the EU

The lucrative trade in tigers is completely legal in Europe. Tiger trade exists within the European Union and allows Europe to export to countries such as China, Thailand and Vietnam where demand for tiger parts and derivatives is widespread. The legal trade in Europe facilitates an endangered species being privately owned allowing individuals to breed these endangered animals and sell them for profit. This legal trade also allows for movement of tigers to go mostly unchecked. It enables unscrupulous businesses to offer tiger interactions and use tigers a photo props for profit or offer shows where the public can watch the animals jump through fire or perform unnatural acts.

Between 1999 and 2016, 1412 live tigers were legally exported to non-EU countries, 161 in Asian countries (China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam).

Between 1999 and 2016, 862 live tigers were imported into the EU.

EU citizens oppose trade in captive bred tigers

Piechart ban tiger trade
  • ● It should be banned completely
  • ● It should be banned with the exception of conservation breeding programmes run by legitimate zoos
  • ● It should remain legal
  • ● Don’t know / No answer
  • 91% would like to see a ban of trade in captive bred tigers. While 47% are in favour of a complete ban, 44% would like to see a ban of commercial trade with the exception of conservation breeding programmes run by legitimate zoos
  • Only 4% would like the commercial trade of tigers to remain legal
  • 5% do not know or refuse to answer

This survey was conducted via an Internet Omnibus survey
Fieldwork: 2nd - 6th August 2018​
Population: General population, 16-64 years old
Countries: Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom
Number of respondents: 7,223

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