A tiger's paws resting on a brick surface

Roadmap to Closing Captive Tiger Facilities of Concern

Current estimates indicate that there are at least 8,900 tigers being held in more than 300 facilities in East and Southeast Asia. Additionally, there are significant concerns around captive tiger facilities and their role in the tiger trade in Myanmar, South Africa, and some EU Member States, as well as the large captive tiger population in the United States.

Tiger farming represents a significant animal welfare problem, with issues including indiscriminate breeding, crowding, inappropriate housing systems, genetic abnormalities causing acute suffering, cruel practices perpetuated in order to better control animals, inhumane slaughtering practices, poor diet, and early removal of cubs from mothers. EIA UK provides recommendations on improving controls and management mechanisms in this briefing for CITES SC77.