Over the past decade, several villages in Do Thanh commune in central Vietnam’s Nghe An province have become thrilling markets for trading tiger parts. Tuoi Tre reporters shed light on illegal tiger farms where the large cats are kept in captivity in small, unsanitary cages like those found at pig farms.
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But China responded strongly at the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Geneva, challenging delegates to “show us the evidence that [tiger farms] encourage poaching of wild tigers”.