BEIJING (AFP) – A Chinese businessman who bought and ate three tigers has been sentenced to 13 years in prison, state media reported Tuesday.
The wealthy real estate developer, identified only by his surname Xu, has “a special hobby of grilling tiger bones, boning tiger paws, storing tiger genitals, eating tiger meat and drinking tiger blood alcohol,” the official Xinhua news agency said in June when he went on trial.
Xu organised three separate trips last year for a total of 15 people, including himself, to Leizhou in the southern province of Guangdong, where they bought tigers for a “huge amount of money” that were killed and dismembered as they watched, the government-run news portal gxnews.com.cn reported Tuesday.
One of them filmed the entire process of a tiger slaughter with his mobile phone. The footage was later obtained by police.