July 22nd, 2009
The World Bank says experimenting with tiger farming is too risky and could drive wild tigers further toward extinction. “Extinction is irreversible, so prudence and precaution suggest that the risks of legalized farming are too great a gamble for the world to take,” said World Bank Director Keshav Varma.
The tiger trade is prohibited internationally and banned in all countries where it is present, including China which has historically been the largest market for tiger products. But, owners of privately run tiger farms and rich business people in China have been pressuring the Chinese government to permit legal trade in tiger parts inside China by lifting the domestic tiger trade ban, introduced in 1993. WWF