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Chinese businessman bought, electrocuted and ate three tigers

Tiger Bone Wine, tiger shaped bottle. Photo is copyright Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

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:


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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.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I am 70-years-of-age at 2019. For 14 years before I retired at 57, I worked as a solicitor in general law specialising in family law. Before that I worked in a number of different jobs including professional photography. I have a longstanding girlfriend, Michelle. We like to walk in Richmond Park which is near my home because I love nature and the landscape (as well as cats and all animals).

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  • Can anyone explain to me why the Chinese authorities invest huge amounts of time and money maintaining the Giant Panda as a species, yet can't offer the same protection to other indigenouse wildlife?

    • Commercial reasons? The Panda is good money. Exporting and tourism. Also it is good PR. They could have done the same with the South China tiger but it was too late. They made them extinct before they could exploit the Chinese tiger commercially. It is all abut money and the Chinese are obsessed with the stuff as is most of the rest of the world. Money destroys wildlife.

  • Those poor tigers. I'm pleased to hear that Mr Xu was given a 13 year prison sentence and wasn't able to buy his way out of trouble. With any luck Chinese prisons are even more horrendous than I imagine them to be.

    Considering that he was wealthy enough to spend around $213,000 USD buying the tigers as a "delicacy", I don't think the $250,000 USD fine is going to hurt his pocket very much. I'd be curious to know how the authorities reached that figure or whether that was the maximum fine they could impose.

    It's heartbreaking to think about how those tigers must have suffered, but on a positive note at least the authorities prosecuted the culprit. Changes in cultural attitudes are slow, but perhaps making an example of Mr Xu is the first step in the right direction.

    • I agree, it does show the authorities will prosecute sometimes. It is just they don't do it anywhere near enough nor do they enforce CITES in their country or stop ivory sales etc.. The Chinese exterminated the South China tiger in China (there may one or two left but not for long). It may be a sort of show trial for publicity reasons. To tell the world how good they are at conservation and how they have changed. Obviously we are not fooled if that is their intention.

  • Do these vile little 'men' think it will make their tiny little chinese penis's grow bigger & work better... stupid fools... God didn't bless u bastards 4 a reason...!!

    • LOL!
      You cracked me up, Miss QD.
      I'm slightly familiar with the oriental appendage.
      I don't think that there is anything in the world that that would help these individuals come near to adequacy. I can see how they would be desperate. But, they are sick, sick, sick in their thinking that any big cat consumption could help them. But, considering the population of the countries, it seems that they make the most if what they don't have.
      Unless they possess an 8 inch tongue (Sorry, Michael), they all need to consider a gender change.

      • Ching Chang Chung

        8 inch of tongue?

        Well sad that they do all sort of bluffs and eat innocent and also those creatures which have nothing to do within the category of human food :(

      • Go ahead Dee, they deserve all the insults and criticisms we can muster up. They are hateful, ignorant people.

    • Yes, they do and it is so sad. They are a bunch of complete w*nk**rs. Thanks for visiting and supporting the tiger and criticizing these ignorant bastards.

  • Is Mr Xu just the tip of the iceberg of wealthy Chinese consuming "Big Cat Meat" ?The end use of all endangered species products always points towards China.Among herbivores, the rhino and elephant are facing extinction due to the demand from China.

    • China must be stopped but we can't stop them because we owe them trillions of dollars. The world is a mess.

      • Exactly. Our governments turns a blind eye to their disgusting ways in order to keep the peace.
        They paid no price for exporting tainted products here.
        They killed babies with tainted formula and countless pets with melamine loaded food. Yet, we won't ban their imports because of debt.
        The real blame lies with the FDA who is in charge of inspecting imported products. They failed us and are equally to blame for babes and pets dying in our arms.

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