We watched this video, from a link on social media that sometimes offers excellent, informative material related to the animal kingdom, wilderness, and conservation; but this turned our stomach so we are happy that NPR gives it exactly the kind of attention it deserves:
By Colin Dwyer
The video of about a dozen hefty Siberian tigers chasing and batting a flying drone from the sky seemed a lighthearted reprieve from the more serious news of the day. But since sharing the footage, we’ve become aware that it may conceal a darker story.
Vice’s Motherboard notes that the Harbin Siberian Tiger Park in China’s Heilongjiang province, where the drone video was filmed, has a past that belies its billing on travel sites as a “natural park for wild Siberian tigers.” The Washington Post, drawing on its 2015 investigation, reports the state-run park is a tiger farm that has been implicated in the tiger bone and wine trade, which was banned by China in 1993.
That 1993 order banned the trade of tiger bone and its use for medicinal purposes.
McClatchyDC investigated the park in 2014, along with another tiger farm, and “found animals in deplorable conditions” in both parks. On Friday, Ben Pearson of World Animal Protection also told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that “tigers are solitary animals, so it is unnatural for so many to live together.”
Attempts to reach the Siberian Tiger Park have so far proved unsuccessful…