Bengal Tiger in Kamataka, India. Photo: Paul Mannix
Johannesburg, South Africa, 29th September 2016—a new report from TRAFFIC and WWF found no evidence of any diminution in tiger trafficking across Asia. Seized body parts equate to at least 1755 tigers confiscated between 2000 and 2015—an average of more than two animals per week.
Published ahead of a critical debate on the illegal tiger trade at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild fauna and flora (CITES), “Reduced to Skin and Bones Re-examined” found there had been 801 recorded seizures of tigers and tiger products across Asia since 2000.
With only an estimated 3,900 tigers left in the wild, evidence points to a marked increase in tiger farming. See the full press release from TRAFFIC at this link.
Natural history museums can have a crucial role in raising public awareness of illegal trade and unethical captive breading programs, especially in countries where these practices occur.