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Over 1,000 Tigers Killed In Past Decade

Over 1,000 Tigers Killed In Past Decade

A new report from Traffic International, a wildlife trade monitoring network, suggests that the illegal trade in tiger parts has resulted in more than 1,000 wild tigers being killed over the past decade.

Loss Of Over 96,000 Tigers This Century

To put this in perspective, over the past century, tiger numbers have dropped from about 100,000 to just an estimated 3,500.

Once again, human beings are wreaking havoc on the environment at a faster and faster pace.

Illicit Trade In Tiger Parts

Why do people seek out tigers to kill them? Traffic International found that skins, bones and claws were among the most popular items seized by officials. This is in spite of efforts to protect the big cats: since October 1987, all commercial trade in these animals or their parts has been banned.

India, China, Nepal With The Highest Seizures

The analysis was based on 481 seizures, of which 275 were in India. “Given half the world’s tigers live in India, it’s no real surprise the country has the highest number of seizures,” explained co-author Pauline Verheij, joint Traffic International and World Wildlife Fund tiger trade program manager.

The next highest countries with seizures were China and Nepal.

Illegal Wildlife Trade Worth $10 Billion Per Year

The global black market in wildlife products is worth about $10 billion per year, making wildlife the third most valuable illicit commodity after drugs and weapons, according to World Bank chief Robert Zoellick, speaking in 2009.

So how can such a huge profit-making venture be controlled?

Steven Broad, executive director of Traffic International, believes that this report will provide an “important baseline to inform the understanding of this persistent yet illegal trade.”

Let’s hope he’s right.

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11:51AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

Hope there will be a way to save the tigers.

4:36PM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Tigers are some of the most beautiful & beneficial animals in the world. Yet, we humans are so jealous of their beauty & strength that we seem compelled to destroy this same creature. We are supposed to be "stewards" of these gifts...in the words of a 50s song...."when will we ever learn....?"

7:10PM PST on Dec 18, 2012

so sad

7:08PM PST on Dec 18, 2012

why can't they get the help they need!

11:21PM PST on Dec 9, 2012

That number actually sounds low.

4:23PM PST on Dec 9, 2012

We need to turn around from all the destruction we're causing around the world and fast.

3:10PM PST on Dec 9, 2012

please take note

8:54PM PST on Nov 21, 2010

Persistence and consistant education of awareness is needed :-)

10:28PM PST on Nov 19, 2010

It is the duty of every parent and teacher to inculcate the love and a sense of duty and protective spirit towards Mother Nature and all the creatures dwelling in it, in the children, from babyhood. Be role models to them. I can keep my hand on my heart and say that the kids I brought up will never ever harm an animal or a plant in their lives! If each mother can say this I promise to the world that all our animals and planet Earth will have a safe future.

6:54AM PST on Nov 19, 2010

I really hope they can be saved, for the generations to come.

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