A state-run wildlife refuge in China has been accused of secretly dissecting Amur tigers, selling their fur and making traditional wine from their bones to boost their potency.
According to the newspaper, the wildlife rescue service Qinhuangdao under the China Wildlife Conservation Association sold animal skins for 700 thousand yuan (almost 8 million rubles) apiece. At the same time, tiger meat as an exotic delicacy was served to local officials, who turned a blind eye to what was going on.
According to a source, the director of the organization ordered his employees to kill Amur tigers with an electric current. Their bones were used to make wine, which has been banned from production and sale since 1993. However, it was ostentatiously sold at the shelter for 5,000 yuan (almost 56,000 rubles), according to the newspaper.
In addition, according to the source, in the shelter killed and served as dishes of whooper swans, lions and crocodiles. Employees of the organization deny this information. Police are currently investigating.
Earlier it was reported that residents of Primorsky Krai tried to sell parts of a Siberian tiger to a foreigner for 700 thousand rubles and were detained by operatives.