China is allowing the sale of captive-bred Tiger skins and body parts – flouting a UN treaty which calls for such trade to be banned, according to an environmental lobby group.

Huddled in filthy cages and starved to the degree where their fur is hanging off their jutting bones, these once grand creatures are cruelly being killed to beautify the homes of the elite, while their bones are ground down to make “tonic” wines.

As few as 3,500 Tigers live in the wild, yet more than 5,000 captive-bred Tigers are held in disgusting Chinese ‘farms’ and ‘zoos’.

Now, images released by environmental activist’s shame China’s failed efforts to protect these endangered creatures.

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China’s treatment of Tigers has been doomed by charity groups

Investigations by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) have exposed a legal domestic trade in the sale of Tiger body parts, with skins alone being worth up to £25,000.

Although a 1993 State Council order in China barred the use of Tiger bone for medicinal purposes, new proof suggests a ‘secret’ Government notice on the use of the bones of captive-bred Tigers is being used to validate the manufacture of ‘tonic’ wines, which can sell for as much as £130 per bottle.

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Disgraceful: Chilled Tiger carcasses in cold storage