PICTURES: Tigers Butchered for Trade at "Zoos" in China?

PICTURES: Tigers Butchered for Trade at ''Zoos'' in China?
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A collection of medicines claiming to contain wild animal parts (pictured in an undated photo) were acquired in Malaysia by the wildlife trade monitoring organization TRAFFIC.

Mostly of Chinese origin, the products are made mainly of tigers but also of antelope, pangolins, and other species, according to National Geographic magazine.

(Related: "PANGOLIN PHOTOS: Fetus Soup, Other 'Cures' Drive Trade.")

Exotic animal parts are also symbols of status and prosperity. Until 2005, Tibetan ceremonial robes, or chubas, were trimmed with snow leopard or otter fur, for example. And in China the rise of the middle class means that shark-fin soup, seen as a delicacy, is now being consumed by the masses, conservationists say.
—Photograph by Mark Leong
 
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