There are currently about 4,000 tigers in the wild – in just 10 years, they have been wiped out in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Poachers have decimated the tiger population in Malaysia and Mayanmar, and deforestation for human “needs” has had a severe impact on tigers as well – they have lost their habitat.
China, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand are churning out tigers in dreadful tiger farms. They are slaughtered for their skins, bones, teeth and claws – some die naturally. They are traded for profit. And that suggests that it’s okay to do this to a majestic animal who should be in the wild. The international community has called for the end of the practice of tiger farming. For trade in tiger parts of captive tigers increases demand. It undermines enforcement efforts. And it threatens the survival of wild tigers.