Worldwide, more than 2,300 tigers, victims of international trade, have been captured by authorities since 2000. The average number is two tigers a week, warns Saturday Traffic, a non-governmental organization that oversees the wildlife trade.
In 1900, the planet had more than 100,000 wild tigers. Their population dropped to just under 3,200 cats worldwide in 2010, with three subspecies having completely disappeared. In the same year, India and 12 other countries pledged to double their tiger population by 2022.
“Words must give way to deeds”
But the animals continue to be captured on a large scale. According to the NGO, they currently have nearly 3,900 left in the wild. Hunted for their skin but also for different body parts used in traditional Chinese medicine, they are victims of international human trafficking.
“Words must give way to action to prevent the extinction of tigers,” said Kanitha Krishnasamy, Southeast Asia Transport Division Manager and report author. The latter shows specifically a quadrupling of arrests in Indonesia from 2015 to 2018.
Selling captive tigers is prohibited
India, home to the world’s largest population of wild tigers, remains the country with the highest total number of seizures, with 26.5% of cats being captured. The study also showed that 58% of tigers caught in Thailand and 30% of tigers caught in Vietnam come from farms, animals banned from sale under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. , endangered wild plants (Cites).
Breeders say the sale of captive animals helps relieve poachers’ pressure on feral cats. But animal advocates believe to the contrary that the trade drives demand by normalizing the consumption of various tiger parts.