For anyone concerned about the illegal wildlife trade, this surely is a must-see programme – especially so if you’re a big cat or tiger lover.
Aldo Kane reports on the illegal tiger trade in south east Asia in an episode for BBC2’s Natural History series
The big cats are trafficked for products such as wine and glue, made from their bones.
Aldo Kane is a formal commando. He now trains African anti-poaching teams. And he spends time in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam following the route of trafficked animals which end up as tiger bone medicine or aphrodisiacs for Chinese and Vietnamese customers. He shows how the breed is on the brink of extinction – there are about 4,000 tigers left in the wild – and almost 8,000 held captive in zoos, breeding units and basement cages across south east Asia.
The breeding and farming of captive tigers drives consumer demand for tiger products and in turn fuels wild tiger poaching.
Aldo Kane gets into farms by breaking in or posing as a tourist or customer, and gathers evidence, aided by local colleagues, which he presents to CITES in Geneva. CITES is short for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
Tigers – Hunting the Traffickers is on BBC2 on Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 9pm. It will be available shortly after broadcast for viewing.
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Please take a look at Education for Nature – Vietnam. They are working to educate people in Vietnam and further afield and in so doing, to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.
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