Year of the Tiger: Illegal trade thrives amid efforts to save wild tigers

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In Sin City, the illegal tiger-farming business is thriving. In new, covert drone footage, tigers and bears pace inside prison-like cement and corrugated steel cages near a casino complex — a newly built, expanded commercial captive-breeding facility on the banks of the Mekong River in Laos. The video, obtained by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), reveals that tiger numbers there have doubled since the U.K. nonprofit’s 2015 “Sin City” exposé. Farming tigers for their parts, like pigs and chickens, violates an international treaty, though it continues here in Laos, and in China, Vie…

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