Hidden in Plain Sight: China's Clandestine Tiger Trade

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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This report was written by Environmental Investigation Agency. EIA would like to thank the Rufford Foundation, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust and Save Wild Tigers for their support in making this work possible. Special thanks to our colleagues “on the frontline” in tiger range countries for their information, advice and inspiration. EIA uses IBM i2® intelligence analysis software. Report design by: www.designsolutions.me.uk February 2013

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SUMMARY

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INTRODUCTION

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LEGAL CONTEXT

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INVESTIGATION FINDINGS

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TIGER FARMING

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PREVIOUS EXPOSÉS

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STIMULATING POACHING OF WILD ASIAN BIG CATS

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MIXED MESSAGES

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SOUTH-EAST ASIA TIGER FARMS

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CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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APPENDICES 1) TABLE OF LAWS AND REGULATIONS RELATING TO TIGERS IN CHINA 2) TIGER FARMING TIMELINE

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