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August 30, 2007

The Coming Tiger Extinction

The dramatic decline of the world's wild tigers is an absolute tragedy. In little more than a century 95 per cent of wild tigers have been wiped out, three of the seven sub-species (Javan, Bali and Caspian) have become extinct, and within the next few decades we may see the disappearance of the planet's most spectacular predator from the wild forever.
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New statistics indicating that there may only be 1300 tigers left in India - a third of the 2002 population estimates - make deeply depressing reading. If they are being decimated in India - their stronghold - what hope can there be for the species?

Lucky that there's some 25,000 tigers in captivity in the US alone then really.

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So what's the message ? Private ownership of tigers trumps "public" ownership. "Don't shoot _my_ tiger" compared to; shoot as many as you can before they catch you ?

Wasn't there a scheme about villages "owning" wild elephants and rhinos in Africa some years back that seemed to solve the poaching crisis, i.e. a bunch of angry villagers with big sticks was a bigger deterrent than big government and unenforcable protection laws ?

Posted by: IanCroydon | Aug 30, 2007 9:11:53 AM

"Lucky that there's some 25,000 tigers in captivity in the US alone then really."

Not really. As I commented last time this came up, a lot of them are hybrids, and so not much use for preserving the distinct subspecies.

"Wasn't there a scheme about villages "owning" wild elephants and rhinos in Africa some years back that seemed to solve the poaching crisis, i.e. a bunch of angry villagers with big sticks was a bigger deterrent than big government and unenforcable protection laws?"

Yes, that's a tack that's pushed a lot (ascribing value to wildlife that then benefits the people who have to live with it), and does tend to reduce poaching for the pot/killing to prevent crop damage.

Of course, the animal rights loonies object when it's pushed by game farms for trophy shooters, but who cares what they think... ;)

Posted by: JuliaM | Aug 30, 2007 9:25:15 AM

Via Carpe Diem. Although it is about elephants it would equally apply to tigers:

http://mjperry.blogspot.com/2007/03/save-elephants-buy-ivory.html

Posted by: Kit | Aug 30, 2007 11:17:04 AM

Captive tigers are better than no tigers, but it'd be nice if there were tigers in the wild too.

Posted by: Philip Hunt | Aug 30, 2007 2:20:32 PM

Caught the eye immediately. It's more than a tragedy - it's a crime.

Posted by: jameshigham | Aug 30, 2007 2:43:24 PM