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Business person caught killing tigers and eating their reproductive organs for dinner

By Mason White 12:48 PM June 15, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A business person was arrested, charged and convicted of killing tigers and eating them for dinner, police in China said.

Xu of Guangxi, has pleaded guilty to charges of killing and eating at least three tigers.

Prosecutors told a court that Xu had a weird fetish of eating the animals reproductive organs and drinking their blood. Xu, a real estate developer, and several accomplices made three trips to the neighboring province of Guangdong, where they purchased three live tigers.

The Tigers were smuggled into the country. Another 14 defendants, including a smuggler, were prosecuted along with Xu.

Animal rights groups said that tiger bone is valued as an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine to treat joint pain, while tiger skins are considered a status symbol. There are fewer than 50 wild tigers in China.

Officials have said that there are about 6,000 tigers in captivity in breeding facilities across the country.