Peter is an independent international zoo consultant, critic and writer with over 50 years work within zoos.
Tiger Bone Wine
The first steps for making Tiger Bone Wine are the easiest.
All you need to do is post a photograph of yourself on social media with a Tiger or a Tiger cub. This acts as an advertisement which allows the whole cycle of cub petting to continue.
It may seem harmless but it isn't. People want to imitate and the comments you receive will indicate that. As soon as the opportunity arises they will do just that. The pity is that some of my friends and colleagues within the zoo industry will ignore this truth.
It isn't clever and a photo with a big cat or cub on social media doesn't bestow any sort of expertise. If you are in the industry it does the exact opposite.
The Next Step
There are dozens of zoo collections around the world involved in the Tiger posing game. Predominantly these are in Asia, though the US, Malta, the UAE, South America, South Africa and Australia are all culprit too.
Within Thailand the worst are:
- Sri Racha Tiger Zoo
- Chiang Mai Tiger Kingdom
- Phuket Tiger Kingdom
- Pattaya Tiger Park
- Pattaya Zoo
- Bangkok Safari World
- Million Years Stone Park
- Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
- Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo
- Ubon Zoo
But there are many others.
See Zoos of Thailand
In order to have an endless supply of tiger cubs for social media photographs they are all hand reared and removed from their mothers at birth. The mother will then be got pregnant as soon as possible.
In Sri Racha Tiger Zoo a Tigress named 'Nu' produced three litters of five in a single year. With a gestation period of around 16 weeks this puts huge strain on the body.
The cruelty doesn't end there. Cubs are often declawed so they do not injure guests during photographic sessions.
Tiger Bone Wine
You don't need to worry about it. Out of sight, out of mind. If you have or are posing with Tigers, Lions or other big cats on social media then you have done your part to promote the continuation of this cruel trade.
Once the cubs have passed the cute, handleable stage they are sent out the back door to farms in Laos, Cambodia or just disappear into the illicit Asian market.
They are then often starved to death before having their bones steeped in rice wine for up to eight years. It is a highly profitable industry with skins, teeth and claws feeding an adjoining market.