Blood of the Tiger takes readers on a wild ride to save one of the world's rarest animals from a band of Chinese billionaires.
Many people think wild tigers are on the road to recovery, but they are in greater danger than ever - from a menace few experts saw coming. There may be only three thousand wild tigers left in the entire world. More shocking is the fact that twice that many - some six thousand - have been bred on farms, not for traditional medicine but to supply a luxury-goods industry that secretly sells tiger-bone wine, tiger-skin decor, and exotic cuisine enjoyed by China's elite. Two decades ago, international wildlife investigator J. A. Mills went undercover to expose bear farming in China and discovered the plot to turn tigers into nothing more than livestock. Thus begins the story of a personal crusade in which Mills mobilizes international forces to awaken the world to a conspiracy so pervasive that it threatens every last tiger in the wild.
In this memoir of triumph, heartbreak, and geopolitical intrigue, Mills and a host of heroic comrades try to thwart a Chinese cadre's plan to launch billion-dollar industries banking on the extinction of not just wild tigers but also elephants and rhinos. Her journey takes her across Asia, into the jungles of India and Nepal, to Russia and Africa, traveling by means from elephant back to presidential motorcade, in the company of man-eaters, movie stars, and world leaders. She finds reason for hope in the increasing number of Chinese who do not want the blood of the last wild tigers to stain their beloved culture and motherland.
Set against the backdrop of China's ascendance to world dominance, Blood of the Tiger tells of a global fight to rein in the forces of greed on behalf of one of the world's most treasured and endangered animals.
It is so sad the state of tigers. I knew it was bad but it is even worse than I thought. I hope I don’t see tiger extinction during my life time. If the only ones alive are on tiger farms what a sadder world it will be. The few Chinese people advocating for tiger farms (planning on extinction and banking on it) is not the opinion of most of the people of China. These wealthy business men are not listening and do not care. What would China be without their tigers? What would the world be?
Intriguing narrative of a global crisis schemed, manipulated, and fought against by an unexpected array of real life heroes and villains.
An inside look at the geo-politics, economics, and down right ugliness of the trade on tiger parts. From those in the wild to those bred in farms and kept as pets. Question is, can we stop it?
No holds barred honesty from the author revealing a much needed albeit somewhat alarming insight into the echelons of power who hold the fate of our wildlife the world over . a must read..