Nothing new really. They have been hunted, poached, whatver, for years and years. Living where I do, i am only 10 minutes from the Wild Animal Park out here. It's one of the most successful breeding locations for many of the worlds endangered species. White Rhinos, Condors, and many, many others. Hopefully they will be able to stop the decline and even get the numbers to grow again.
The big problem with it from what I see is that most of the tigers live in 3rd and 4th world countries that could care less about them and the nations that do don't have any in their countries except for perhaps Russia. So until these nations start to protect them from the local poachers and boost their own economy nothing will happen with them.
But then if you look at them they are not doing anything else that what we did back in the 1800's with the bison, antelope, elk, and water fowel here in the US. The only real difference was that because of the expances of the west and heavy goverment regulation we were able to save these animals or else they would of been in the same boat. But now we are telling these other countries to do as I say and not as I did. But until their economies are based of something besides farming and poaching animals nothing will change.
If they really want to save the tiger they should develop a hunting program. Look at what hunting has done for the countries in Africa and the animals that were endangered there. You must give the people and the government a reason to protect the tigers and that reason is hunting will bring in more money than poaching or developing their habitat. Do that and you'll save the tigers.
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