Nobody quite knows what’s going on. Weibo user @inesita_w uploaded a handful of graphic (don’t say we didn’t warn you) images of a tiger being disembowelled and sold in a street market, but internet users and authorities are having a hell of a time tracking down where, when, and if the photos were taken.
Chinanews reported that the images were taken in Guangzhou’s Huadu District, but The Nanfang was able to track down the same images on another website, which claimed they were taken in Yunnan.
Guangzhou police have issued an official statement decreeing that the photos are “fake,” and are 1) not taken in Guangdong and 2) photoshopped. The police assert that the images are photos of one animal’s bowels superimposed onto an image of a tiger.
This author doesn’t see anything obviously ‘shopped in the images (I can tell by the pixels) but it’s certainly a possibility. Out of all the options, photoshop is the only one that doesn’t result in a gutted tiger on some market table, so let’s pull for that one.