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Tiger meat appearing on Malaysian menus

  Borneo Bulletin Online
December 7, 2004

KUALA LUMPUR (dpa/AFP) - Restaurant operators from Malaysia's southern Johor state have been found to be serving tiger meat to attract customers from neighbouring Singapore, a report said Monday.

The endangered and protected tigers are believed to have been caught by tribesmen living within the state's jungle reserve, and then sold to the restaurants for their meat, which is believed to be able to cure ailments, said Malaysian Nature Society Johor branch adviser Vincent Chow.

"Fresh tiger meat can fetch as much as 1,000 ringgit (US$263) per kilogramme, depending on whether the meat is sold cooked or fresh, while the going rate for tiger bones is 600 ringgit per kilogramme," he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times daily.

"The Orang Asli get as much as 15,000 ringgit (nearly US$4,000) for using their traditional skills to trap and kill the tiger, while the middleman gets between 80,000 ringgit and 100,000 ringgit for each animal," he said.

Every part of the tiger is utilised, from the genitals - as an aphrodisiac - to the whiskers, which are used as toothpicks, Chow said.

A 1997 survey carried out by the wildlife department estimated there were some 600-650 tigers left in peninsular Malaysia, down by nearly 90 per cent from 5,000 in the 1950s.

The tigers, along with the Asian elephant, rhinoceros and Orang Utan primate, are among the region's top most endangered animals.

"Catching the culprits is virtually impossible because there is a conspiracy of silence," Chow said

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