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The Darker Side of Folk Medicine

October 22, 2007

sriracha-tiger-zoo.jpg  At the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in  Thailand near Bangkok, they race pigs to supplement tiger breeding programs and cocodile exhibits.  Visitors can bet on a pig to win, and get a prize if their pig is victorious in the race.  The pig racing is cute and popular, as are the tiger cubs…but some of the tigers find their way to China where their body parts are in demand for folk medicine, which is not cool…

Similar demand for bear gall bladders and other body parts in China fuels the illegal slaughter of bears and other species in North America at the hands of poachers…a very dark and despicable business indeed!

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