June 27, 2019

Illegal tiger trade kills 100 big cats a year

So you want my bits and pieces Mr. Poacher man? If you were a real man you would put down your gun and we could make this man v cat. Not up for it? Then piss off and let us live.

The illegal trade in tiger parts has led to more than 1,000 wild tigers being killed over the past decade according to a report by wildlife trade monitoring network – Traffic International.

Tiger skins, bones and claws were the most common items seized by officials. Traffic International used data from 11 of the 13 countries that are home to populations of tigers and estimated that between 1,069 and 1,220 tigers were killed to supply the illicit demand for tiger parts.

The estimate is based only on what has been seized so in reality the toll on the wild tiger population could be much higher. India, China and Nepal were the three biggest areas for illegal tiger parts seizures.

With only 3,500 tigers estimated to still be living in the wild there is serious concern that greed is forcing them into extinction. Only a century ago there were an estimated 100,000 tigers living in the wild.

In 2009, World Bank chief Robert Zoellick said the global black market in wildlife products was worth about $10bn per year. This made wildlife the third most valuable illicit commodity on the planet after drugs and weapons.

It is time that the governments in countries with tiger populations started taking seriously the threat to endangered big cats. The time is fast approaching where concerned citizens of the world will start taking direct action to halt the slaughter.

We have already seen what citizens can do to combat whaling when governments are reluctant to act.