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Old 02-03-2019, 09:53 PM   #1
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Exotic animal farms

I saw a picture of fat tigers and kept looking for more information, which lead to an article describing the fat tiger's landlords trying to get them in shape by chasing a drone. It turns out it's actually a tiger farm and that got people upset, because tigers are exotic animals and there are so few in the wild.

Now. This is where the dissonance begins. Generally, a farm is a good idea because that means people do not poach the wild animals. It still happens yes, but generally if there is farmed salmon, you don't fish for wild salmon unless you're some monster or prefer the taste of wild-only salmon like the sockeye.

So why are people upset? TCM doesn't care about endangered species, they practically use the endangered species list as a shopping list for aphrodisiacs and delicacies. So a tiger farm, while inefficient and barbaric, should be better than the alternative: killing all wild tigers and driving them to extinction.

I don't get the controversy. Yeah it's not ideal, but in literally every other farmed animal situation, people think the farming is a good idea. "no farmed tigers" and "more wild tigers" are not codependent variables.
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Old 02-04-2019, 03:53 PM   #2
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It propagates demand for products from these animals which could actually lead to more poaching in the wild if demand exceeds more than farms could produce.
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Old 02-04-2019, 04:26 PM   #3
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I don't believe supply creates demand. TCM is creating the demand by saying exotic animal parts are youth potions/aphrodisiacs/cancer pills, and the Chinese markets are receptive because they're flush with wealth and don't have anything luxurious to spend it on.

The exotic animals are being exploited by what is effectively a marketing campaign. TCM is agnostic to what species of animals are being harvested (they make up stuff for every exotic animal known). So long as it's exotic, without farms all exotic animals would be terminated until there would be nothing left. Oh, no more tigers left? Move on to lions/leopards/jaguars. That's how they operate.
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It's not so much of the supply driving the demand per se as it is the company looking to fill the market's need, convincing the market the exotic animal parts will do that, thus creating demand for it which could lead to poaching if the farms can't meet the market demand.

Since there's really nothing unique about the products themselves, other companies or black markets can then move it and try to capitalize on the demand through illegal poaching of the wild animals.

But if the company never chose exotic animal parts as their product they would supply and create the notion that the parts would meet the consumer needs, there would be no demand for it.
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