A businessman in China has been caught illegally buying, killing and eating three tigers that were smuggled into, China probably from India/Bangladesh. That would make them Bengal tigers, which were almost certainly poached from a reserve. He was jailed for 13 years and fined £160,000 – 1.5m yuan or $250,000 USD.
The man is Mr Xu. He is a property developer with a taste for the exotic and the beliefs of someone living in the dark ages of the 14th century. He believes that eating tiger penis increases virility. He bought three tigers for 440,00 yuan each ($71,000 USD). Yes, a whole Bengal tiger is worth around $70k USD. It is the first time I have seen a price for a whole, live tiger. This makes the entire, world population of wild tigers worth about $210 million.
Tiger penises cost around $7,000, incidentally.
He bought them in Leizhou, Guagdong. Guangdong Province is where the residents have a taste for domestic cat as well. It appears to be the world capital of cat meat from wild to domestic:
He bought them in the spring of 2014. All three tigers were electrocuted to death with a specially adapted cattle prod. Mr Xu has a special hobby: grilling tiger bones, boning tiger paws, drinking tiger blood alcohol, eating tiger meat and storing tiger penises.
On one occasion he demanded that one of his dismembered, electrocuted tigers be brought to a hotel he was staying at. With 14 friends he ate the tiger. Why haven’t the hotel management being prosecuted as accessories? The 14 associates have been successfully prosecuted.
He was videoed watching one of his tigers being slaughtered. All this illegal in China although you would not believe it because the law making it illegal to kill endangered species is hardly enforced making China the biggest threat by far for the tiger’s survival.
The police found eight pieces of tiger meat and a tiger penis at his home. His macabre habits are not confined to the highly endangered tiger. The police also found the skeletons and flesh of 16 giant geckos and a cobra. Both are endangered.
He probably washed the meal down with tiger bone wine which is made from the bones of captive tigers in China. The Chinese say the captive tigers are for conservation purposes but this is a scam. They are bred for the body parts and to produce the wine.
Mr Xu single-handedly did a great job in furthering the extinction of the tiger in the wild. I am sure there are many like him.