China has taken several key steps this year toward rehabilitating its damaged (but unfortunately well-earned) reputation as one of the world's biggest contributors to wildlife trafficking and animal abuse. In January, the national government crushed 6 tons of ivory in symbolic protest of elephant poaching, and just this month China moved to outlaw the consumption of endangered species. But despite these important inroads, there are still several examples of the Chinese government condoning -- or even contributing to -- wildlife abuse.
Recently, investigative reporter Stuart Leavenworth uncovered one of these abuses: Chinese tiger farms, which harm tigers both in captivity and in the wild. As Public Radio International reports, Leavenworth visited several tiger farms, which promote themselves as wildlife parks for tourists but actually fuel a much more sinister industry. "Initially I was appalled by what I saw [when the tigers were fed live chickens]," Leavenworth told PRI. "But then I realize there's a much worse situation going on, and that's that these parks exist to make tiger bone wine."