The Worst Thing I’ve ever Read.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 10, 2013
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From the Annals of Good God Please No: Chinese Tiger Bone Farms.

6,000 tigers—twice as many as survive in the wild.

Want to change something? Do some good? Click here and sign the petition.

And if that’s not enough, check this. Or this. Basically, TCM and the Chinese market are at the root of many of our great animals going extinct, and being tortured along the way.

Sickening. But international pressure, coupled with the Chinese premier’s willingness to change things, can stop this. Sign the petition at the link above.

Click here for images of the Chinese Tiger Bone Farms.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


9 Responses to “The Worst Thing I’ve ever Read.”

  1. Aaron says:

    Yes. This is bad. But, how many livestock suffer and die EVERY SINGLE SECOND to feed our gluttony.

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Amen. That said, as a comment on Reddit pointed out, doesn't make it right. And starvation…that's certainly straight-up torture, which you're right does happen in some factory farms.

    There's some great comments on Reddit about such, like this:

    If you think America is any better, you're fooling yourself. Look up our meat industry, puppy mills, etc. We're just as cruel to our animals, it's just hidden behind a clean veneer. If anything our culture is sicker, as we outsource our cruelty so we don't have to think about it. Meanwhile we promote certain animals to elite "pet" status while keeping others in concentration camp conditions so we can have cheap bacon. Hell, even many of the pets we love so dearly were kept in horrible conditions before being shipped off to the nice, clean pet store. I wonder what percentage of meat-eating Americans have ever slit a chicken's throat or shot a cow in the head. I'm guessing less than 1%.

  3. Colin Wiseman says:

    "I wonder what percentage of meat-eating Americans have ever slit a chicken's throat or shot a cow in the head." ~ I find this argument silly. You can easily argue about how many people have grown all the veg they need or produce the soy they use or done anything that makes a person vegetarian/vegan (other than not eat meat). I'm guessing less than 1%…? 😀

    Any cruelty no matter what is wrong. And worse cruelty to endangered species.

  4. kmacku says:

    We need to pick and choose our battles. Saying, "But what about this other wrong? Or this one? Or that one? Or what about x, y, and z?" doesn't make any action "more justifiable."

    We can and will address, and some of us are addressing, the issue of American livestock treatment. But that doesn't mean this is less of a viable course to pursue, especially when there's a chance to change it.

  5. There is no action that hurts no one. There is no completely harm-free action we, as humans, can take. We all need to do the best we can where we are with the information we have. It does seem a little silly when faced with this type of information to react by saying "let's look at all that's being done wrong in the world." Why not instead do what we can to address the issue at hand?

  6. elephantjournal says:

    Please forward this email to your friends, family and colleagues

    I’ve just spent a few seconds signing up to a vital petition that will help save the last 3,200 wild tigers on earth. Will you help the cause by doing the same?

    When I first heard that there are only 3,200 wild tigers left, I was totally shocked. To put it in perspective, it means that all the wild tigers left on earth could all fit on just one soccer pitch. Added to this, we are losing them to poachers at a rate that means they will become extinct within a very few years.

    The TigerTime campaign team need your help to save them.

    The Chinese trade in tiger parts is one of the most serious threats to the wild tiger. The Chinese government says that it is committed to saving the wild tiger. However, it is continuing to allow the trade in tiger parts and skins from tigers bred in so called ‘tiger farms’. We think that the practice of ‘farming tigers’ is barbaric and should be stopped. Additionally, this trade is the perfect smokescreen for the continued poaching of wild tigers.

    Please, urge others to sign our petition at and pass this request on to as many people as they can by forwarding this email. China is a powerful country so we need as many signatures as possible to make them listen.

    Very Kind regards

    TigerTime Team

  7. karlsaliter says:


  8. Sara Crolick says:

    A similar phenomenon occurred when the Sandy Hook shooting took place. People had the nerve to criticize others for only caring about a massacre that took the lives of American children, claiming we don't care or care enough when it's on foreign soil.

    No one should be shamed for having compassion. There is no hierarchy of which sentient beings should be cared after. That's one of the reasons I'm a vegan anyway.

    I've signed the petition and will encourage others to do so.

  9. laydowninthetallgrass says:

    This broke my heart into a thousand pieces.

    (Love wine? Like, a lot? You don't have to give it up…there many vegan options to choose from. One of the best resources that I know of and that I consult regularly is Barnivore: Vegan-Friendly Booze Guide.)