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There are many aspects of the tiger part trade to consider in this discussion.  There are two sources of tiger parts  for legalized trade.  One source would be from tigers bred on one of the many tiger farms currently found in China.   When an animal dies a natural death, it's parts could be sold for traditional medicine uses.  There would be no way  of discerning whether tiger parts came from these farms or from poachers.  If tiger part sales were legalized the  poachers would have a natural market(not the black market)  to sell their goods in, in effect, making poaching more  attractive.  The cost of poaching a tiger would be far less than raising a tiger from a cub to natural death.  Even the  dollars culled from tourists to the farms would only slightly offset the cost of keeping the tigers.  Also, there could  be a certain cachet attached to the wild tiger parts versus domestic parts.  Again, endangering the wild tiger.  The demand for the parts would definitely increase if the ban was lifted.  Many people are afraid to buy illegal  products because of the ramifications(fines, prison).  When the products become legal a whole new group of  consumers is now in play.  Because of the increased demand the price would also increase.  Again, making  poaching attractive.  I believe that legalization would endanger the wild tigers even further.   Supply of tiger parts would also increase if tiger farms could sell tiger parts, which puts downward pressure on  prices.  The overall effect on the price of tiger parts is ambiguous and will depend on the relative increase in 
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This note was uploaded on 11/24/2010 for the course ECON 1003 taught by Professor None during the Spring '10 term at University of Florida.

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