Tigers are big game cats that reside in the jungles and rain forests throughout various regions of Asia and Russia. These ferocious creatures are the top predators within their environment. They are beautiful to behold but deadly to encounter.
While the tiger is a powerful and domineering wild animal; it is also being hunted for medicinal purposes, sport and for status. These wild cats are in danger of becoming extinct and unless there is a trend to stop this type of practice; no tigers might exist within the wild. Let us explore the world of tiger poaching and why it must change so that the tiger can survive.
Why are tigers hunted in the world?
Tigers were made to be hunters and they have always been the strongest land beast inside of Asia; next to the elephant of course. Throughout time, tigers have been hunted for various different purposes. One common reason for hunting tigers has to do with the medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine involves the use of tiger to heal specific elements.
Tiger fur, meat and bones are often used in various elixirs and medicines that supposedly have great healing effects on the body. While many of these medicines have not been proven by western medicine standards; many Chinese practitioners and patients who swear by them. Unless these medicinal practices are proven to be completely false or even unnecessary; people in China will continue to hunt and kill tigers.
People in various parts India hunt tigers for their furs. They put these furs on as a sign of strength and power. When poachers kill a tiger they know their fur is worth a lot of money. They skin the big cats and profit from the fur they provide.
Hunters also kill tiger for sport. Many hunters enjoy killing a deadly game animal for bragging rights or to say that they were able to test their skill against a ferocious wild animal and win. These are some of the common reasons why people kill tigers.
Laws Preventing Tiger Poaching
Many nations throughout Asia and even Russia have established laws to keep people from hunting tigers. While these laws are great for controlling people from profiteering from the death of tigers; they are not 100% effective.
Asian states know that tigers are being hunted for many reasons that has to do with the culture of the people. The activity has always been deeply intertwined within the culture. Since it is, many governments have to develop laws that are practical, tough but sensitive to the people. Strange as this might sound; some governments will turn the other way so that people can hunt tigers as long as it is being done within reason.
They know what tiger hunting means to the people and to the culture around them. Modern day people in many tiger hunting cultures are not as steeped in tradition as the older members before them. However, this does not mean that the younger generation will not hunt tigers at all.
Governments, animal rights organizations and advocate groups are constantly trying to educate people as to why tiger hunting must cease. Many of these groups believe that tigers have a right to live and exist within the wild as long as they are not endangering people. Destroying these creatures would be a big mistake and would definitely change the habitats where they live.