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    Who will be the Tiger Claw WildAid Champion 2014?

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    The 2014 WildAid Tiger Claw Champion is....

    Sen Gao.

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    Congratulations! Sen Gao flew out from Illinois just for this competition. He only entered in the WildAid Tiger Claw Championship division.
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    The 2014 WildAid Tiger Claw Champion Sen Gao

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    another vid

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    another vid

    a PSA actually.

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    another vid

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    Blood of the Tiger by by J. A. Mills

    This looks like a very interesting read. Follow the link to hear the NPR story.

    'Blood Of The Tiger': Shedding Light On China's Farmed-Tiger Trade
    January 10, 2015 5:26 PM ET
    NPR Staff

    All Things Considered
    5 min 1 sec


    Blood of the Tiger
    A Story of Conspiracy, Greed, and the Battle to Save a Magnificent Species
    by J. A. Mills

    Hardcover, 286 pages purchase

    In 1991, wildlife investigator J. A. Mills went to China to verify rumors about tiger farming. She worked undercover, for the World Wildlife Fund and an organization called Traffic.

    "I mainly pretended I was a student of traditional Chinese medicine to try to figure out not only what was being traded, but why it was being traded," Mills tells NPR's Arun Rath.

    She says she found China's first tiger farm complete with a hand-written ledgers filling up with orders for tiger bone.

    Back then, when tiger trade was first flagged as an issue, the main demand for bone was for use in traditional Chinese medicine. Today, the trade has changed to more of a luxury goods market and Mills says that although China banned the trade of tiger bone in 1993, demand for luxury items still thrives today. She estimates that there are 6,000 tigers on farms in the country.

    In her book Blood of the Tiger, Mills chronicles her decades of work to bring these issues to light and protect these animals.
    Interview Highlights

    On the purpose of tiger farms

    A tiger farm is basically a feed lot for tigers where they're bred like cattle for their parts to make luxury goods such as tiger bone wine and tigerskin rugs. This is about wealth, not health.

    Traditional Chinese medicine no longer uses or wants to use tiger bone and polls repeatedly show that most Chinese people don't want tiger products or tiger farming. This is about a handful of investors poised to launch a multi-billion-dollar-a-year luxury goods market. This about products looking a market, rather than a market looking for products.


    J.A. Mills is a consultant to the MacArthur Foundation and lives in Washington, D.C.
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    On the conditions for tigers at the farms

    Tigers in the wild are solitary, of course, except when ... they're mothers with cubs. These [farmed] tigers are basically kept in cages. They are speed-bred. Cubs are taken from their mothers almost right after birth so the mothers can breed again. And the males run around in packs.

    It's something you would never, ever see in the wild.

    On how tiger farming affects wild tigers

    The problem with tiger farming is that it stimulates demand for tiger products, which in turn stimulates poaching of wild tigers because tiger products from wild tigers are considered superior, more prestigious and exponentially more valuable. Some people are even buying tiger products as an investment much as they would, say, rare art or antique jewelry. And if even a tiny fraction of China's 1.4 billion people seek wild tiger products, we could lose the last 3,000 wild tigers before we know it.

    On the future of wild tigers and elephants

    I will say that the same forces are driving the slaughter of elephants for their ivory and rhinos for their horn. It all involves organized criminals supplying investors hoping to profit from extinction. Unfortunately what's happened in the United Nations in the context of the treaty that governs ... international trade and endangered species is that everyone's gone silent.

    So my main worry is that everyone will remain silent and things will continue as they are. Unless we address this phenomenon that's stimulating demand, primarily within China, we may lose these animals.
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    I'll have to check her book out. As if I needed another reason to be cynical. On another note, Sen Gao gives instruction at a park in town I sometimes work out in and recently opened up a studio. Was never much a fan of the contemporary wushu thing. But he's good at what he does. I've seen him get 5 year olds to do things that make adult athletes cringe.

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    crosspost

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    WildAid Kid Tiger Champion

    This year, the WildAid Kid Tiger division will be added to the WildAid Tiger Claw Championship for competitors age 17 and under. For more information, visit WildAid Tiger Claw Champion.
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    WildAid Kid Tiger Championship

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    The WildAid Kid Tiger Championship expands

    Due to the tremendous response we've received with our new WildAid Kid Tiger Championship, we are splitting it into two divisions:
    Ages 17-12
    Ages 11 & under

    Two trophies will be awarded, one for each age group. We really want to encourage the youth with this particular division and are very grateful to see such positive response.
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    A relevant facebook meme

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    The 2015 WildAid Tiger Claw Champions


    WildAid Tiger Claw Champion Tian Chongfang
    Wu Chi Kung Fu Academy, Fremont CA, Headmaster Tao He


    WildAid Kid Tiger Champion (12-17) Leland Zhang
    Kung Fu Dragon USA, Pleasanton, CA Headmaster Zhenlong Yu


    WildAid Kid Tiger Champion (11 & under) Ian Lim
    Kung Fu Dragon USA, Pleasanton, CA Headmaster Zhenlong Yu

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    TCEC 2015: WildAid Highlights

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