Demand for tiger bone wine on the rise. Guess where. So wrong.

on 05/01/15 at 11:49 am

Booze News

00221917f7600cf5593601A rising demand for tiger bone wine and tiger skins in China is threatening to drive the animal towards extinction in the wild.

As reported by the Guardian, despite the fact that the practice has been illegal in China since 1993, demand for tiger bone wine in the country is booming, which has led to a legalised domestic trade in captive-bred tiger wine and skins.

A rise in tiger farms has sparked an interest in tiger bone wine on the part of rich Chinese consumers due to its supposed medicinal properties.

In the production of tiger tonic wines, tiger bones are left to soak in the wine for varying lengths of time and are then removed before bottling.

The wines sell for between £65-£500 a bottle depending on how long the tiger bone was in contact with wine for.

Once guarded, local retailers are now more open about selling bottles of the wine, which often carry a picture of a tiger on the front.