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The Legal trade
Research by FOUR PAWS revealed that tiger traders operating in Europe can easily sell captive bred tigers to Asian countries where the demand for tiger parts for traditional medicine is widespread. Further enquiries also reveal how the legal trade facilitates illegal trade with tiger ending up in hands of convicted wildlife traffickers.
Top 5 of EU member states exporting live tigers:
Exports of live tigers to Asia
The illegal trade
The killing of tigers for traditional medicine and the trade of tiger products is not only an issue in Asia but also here in Europe. 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 10% of what is smuggled so these official numbers only show the tip of the iceberg.
Top 5 EU member states regarding number of seized LIVE TIGERS:
|01||France||8 seizures||18 tigers|
|02||Italy||6 seizures||13 tigers|
|03||Belgium||4 seizures||11 tigers|
|04||Slovakia||2 seizures||8 tigers|
|05||Spain||7 seizures||7 tigers|
Top 5 EU member states regarding number of seized TIGER PRODUCTS:
|01||Denmark||16 seizures||2 699 products|
|02||Vietnam||51 seizures||1 784 products|
|03||UK||93 seizures||918 products|
|04||Germany||36 seizures||892 products|
|05||Czech Republic||7 seizures||804 products|
The world already lost over 90 per cent of its tigers. With only 3900 animals left in the wild, 91% of EU citizens want to see a ban of trade in captive bred tigers. Legal trade can easily pose a cover for illegal trade. The very few tigers left in the wild are at risk of being poached for quick money and traded under the pretext of captive bred tigers. Be part of the movement and sign the petition!