Asian tigers

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USA  – US News

Behind the Cage, Tigers Face Threats Across Asia.


Visit the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone in Laos’ northwestern Bokeo province, ask about a local “tiger zoo,” and most people will deny its existence.

“It’s not here. There are no more tigers,” says the manager of a coffee shop in the zone, a region devoted to commercial development, as he silenced a junior employee who appeared to be trying to provide more information about the attraction.


Tigers in Asia face many threats. Tiger farming is one of them.

This article gives an insight in the situation of tiger farms, being controlled by maffia.

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Smuggling paws

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Russia – The Siberian Times

Sinister seizure of 240 Himalayan or black bear paws made in Russian Far East.


Two paws of a Siberian or Amur tiger were among the seized goods as were a pair of extinct woolly mammoth tusks.

The illegal slaughter of 60 bears is feared to obtain the grisly cargo.

‘Two Russian nationals and two foreigners have been detained,’ said a statement from the FSB security service.


240 Himalayan black bear paws, a pair of Amur tiger pawas, mammoth tusks and other undefined body parts of animals were seized by the Russian FSB.

The seizure was in Kraskino, a little town in the Russian Far East, near the Chinese border.

Two Russians and two ‘foreigners’ (probably Chinese) were arrested.

The maximum penalty in Russia is 7 years in prison.

But this is not enough. They should get 7 years for each animal killed.

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Stranded tigers

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United Kingdom – BBC News

Poland tigers: Zoo rescues animals stuck at border.


A zoo in Poland is giving temporary refuge to a truck load of tigers after they were left stranded at the border with Belarus for days.

The ten tigers were prevented from entering Belarus as they lacked veterinary documents.

They had travelled from Rome and were heading to a circus in Russia. One of the tigers died on Tuesday.

The Poznan Zoo said on Facebook that the animals were on their way to the site.

It said that the animals had been kept in “appalling” conditions.


Ten (!) tigers were transported illegally from Italy to Russia, without necessary permits – to perform in a zoo.

They were stopped at the Belarus border and were in appalling conditions.

A Polish zoo is now giving temporary refuge.

Is this how the world treats endangered animals?

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Laos tiger

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USA – Mongabay

How Laos lost its tigers.


The last tiger in Lao PDR likely died in terrible anguish. Its foot caught in a snare, the animal probably died of dehydration. Or maybe, in a desperate bid to free itself from a snare crafted from a simple and cheap motorbike cable, it tore off a leg and died from the blood loss.

Perhaps the Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti), a distinct subspecies, was able to free itself from the snare, only to have the wound fester and kill it in the end.

Or, and this isn’t impossible either, the last tiger of Lao PDR (or Laos) was simply shot to death by poachers who then butchered its body and sold its parts in the illegal trafficking trade to feed a seemingly insatiable demand for tiger bits and bones for sham medicine or status symbols.


Laos was a proud host of tigers, until they became extinct. Well, proud? Not really. The government didn’t do anything to prevent extinction.

WCS and other NGOs tried to turn the tide but failed. Money was wasted, the public didn’t care and the Chinese black market was (and still is) thriving. A good recipe for disaster.

Laos is a good example for other countries. If the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Myanmar don’t step with their budgets and commitment, the world will lose tigers in these countries too.

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Tiger skin

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India – The Telegraph India

Alipurduar tiger skin likely to be of Manas big cat.


The tiger skin seized from two Bhutanese nationals in Alipurduar last Tuesday had been on the for-sale list of suspected poachers for several months, forest officials said.

The special task force of the state forest department seized the tiger skin, along with the big cat’s skull and bones, from two residents of Bhutan at Hasimara in Alipurduar. The duo, suspected couriers, had allegedly procured the skin and bones from poachers in Assam, forest officials said.

Five persons were arrested near the Bengal-Assam border in June after forest sleuths received a tip-off that a tiger had been killed in Assam’s Manas National Park.


The tiger skin, seized after the arrest of two tiger poachers form Bhutan, seem to belong to a tiger from Manas Tiger Reserve in Assam, according to tiger experts.

The skin was meant to be sold in Nepal, but the arrest prevented this black market sale.

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Malaysia – The Sun Daily

With a price of up to RM800,000, the Malayan Tiger is prime bounty for poacher.


Foreign poachers are setting up camps in jungles in Peninsular Malaysia to hunt protected animals due to the high price offered by illegal traders of wildlife parts.

A Malayan Tiger carcass can fetch between RM500,000 and RM800,000 and with that kind of money involved, foreign poachers are prepared to camp in the jungles for up to three months and use whatever means to kill the endangered animals.


After years of neglecting tiger poaching and paying no attention to the ever-lasting greed by palm oil plantation owners, Malayia is now doing something to turn the tide.

Malayan authorities presented results of their activities in the last periode, showing they arrested seven Cambodians and three Malaysians and seized all kinds of animal parts, destined for the black market.

Also Malaysia realises only now that tigers are worth a fortune on the black market, even up to $ 200,000 USD – which makes tiger a prime bounty for poachers.

And another major reason for the Malayan government to step up with their activities to save tigers!

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Bhutan tiger poacher

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India – The New Indian Express

Two Bhutanese nabbed with Royal Bengal tiger's skin, bones in West Bengal.


Two Bhutanese, including an ex-serviceman of the Royal Bhutan Army, were nabbed and a Royal Bengal tiger skin and its bones seized from their possession at West Bengal’s Alipurduar district, a senior forest official said on Wednesday.

A 14-foot skin of a fully-grown tiger and 110 bones of the feline were seized during the apprehension at Hashimara in the district, Forest Range Officer Sanjay Dutta said.

“The accused had brought the skin from Assam and were en route to Kathmandu to sell it at Rs 32 lakh,” he said.


Two Bhutanese men were arrested for trafficking. They were on their way from Assam (India) to Kathmandu (Nepal) to sell a tiger skin and tiger bones.

The tiger was most killed probably by a bullet.

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Tiger tooth

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Thailand – Khaosod

Rare Birds, Animals Under Threat From Amulet Craze, Campaigners Warn.


Craze for helmeted hornbill heads as amulets and decorations is posing a serious to the birds’ small population in Thailand’s forests, conservation activists said Monday.

The campaigners spoke at an event where they announced a new campaign to raise awareness over the dwindling number of rare animals in the wild. They were joined by celebrities and government officials who urged Thais to eliminate the use of animal parts, such as hornbill heads, tiger teeth, and ivory.

While ivory and tiger teeth have long been targeted by poachers, a recent fad for helmeted hornbill in the black market is particularly worrying because there are only about 200 hornbills left in Thailand, according to an activist from environment group Traffic.


250,000 people in Thailand own artifacts made from tigers. More and more people think it’s cool to have some too – but campaigners warn about it.

Luckily, a revised version of the Wildlife Protection Act in Thailand will come into effect in late November. People who get busted after it can get up to 10 years in jail and/or get a fine up to 1 million baht (around 32,000 US dollars).

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Tiger Vietnam

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Vietnam – VN Express

Tiger Weighing 240kg Rescued From Traffickers' Claws In Northern Vietnam.


Three men have been detained for wildlife trafficking after a 240kg live tiger they planned for cooking tiger bone glue was found in a truck.

Police said Wednesday that the live tiger was found Saturday when they inspected the truck in Cam Pha, 40km west of Ha Long in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

They have contacted the Wildlife Rescue Center in Hanoi to take care of the animal.

Nguyen Thai Chien, 27, and Nguyen Hong Nhat, 37, said Nguyen Van Minh, 49, had hired them to bring the animal to his house in Ha Long.


The Vietnamese authorities have arrested three persons because of trafficking a 240 kg tiger.

In a subsequent raid at a house of one of the suspects the police found two tiger skeletons, 12 tiger skulls, and three tiger skin sets, along with equipment and ingredients needed to cook tiger bone glue, believed to treat bone and joint-related ailments.

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Tiger Temple dead tiger

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USA – The Washington Post

These Tigers Were Rescued From An Infamous Tourist Attraction. Then 86 Died In Government Custody.


At Thailand’s infamous Tiger Temple, paying tourists could pet and pose for selfies with the dozens of big cats that called the attraction home. They could walk tigers on leashes and bottle-feed cubs. But the Buddhist monastery turned tourist magnet had for years faced allegations of abuse and, in 2016, a raid by Thai authorities uncovered ghastly sights, including 40 frozen tiger cubs shoved into a refrigerator and a monk attempting to flee with 1,600 tiger parts.

The government soon removed 147 tigers from the compound in the West Thailand town of Kanchanaburi, taking them to two state-run facilities. But in a tragic update on the case, Thai media reported Friday that 86 of the rescued animals have died. A government official attributed the animals’ deaths to a viral disease, saying their immune systems had been compromised by inbreeding.


Tiger Temple, once famous for its monks caring for tigers, but later unmasked for tiger trade, strikes again.

Already 86 out of 147 seized tigers have died due to a viral disease while being in Thai government custody.

Some NGOs points fingers to the Thai government for not taking proper care for the seized animals.

Although that is partly true, the real blame is with the exploiter of Tiger Temple: abbot, Phra Wisutthisarathen. He was responsible for Tiger Temple and is responsible for breeding tigers. He is responsible for these deaths and a shame for buddhism.

This dramatic mass killing calls for stronger regulations by the Thai government on tiger exploiting facilities, like Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, Tiger Temple and others alike.

We call for a national discussion in Thailand on tiger tourism to prevent further unnecessary harm to tigers.

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Tiger carcass

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India – Guwahati Plus

Guwahati: 2 Arrested With Tiger Carcass, Bones, Teeth & Skull In Lokhra.


Two persons were arrested with tiger carcass, bones, teeth and skull in Lokhra area of the city by officials from the Assam Forest Department, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and Special Task Force (STF) on Friday, September 13.

The arrested have been identified as Omar Faroque (24) and Nekibur Rahman (24) who hail from Lahorighat, Morigaon district.

Based on reports, the officials informed that the accused were trying to sell the animal remains in Guwahati as it is worth lakhs of rupees.


Indian law enforcers have arrested 2 tiger traffickers in Indian state Assam.

Thank you for the good work – but another tiger (at least) gone – the massacre goes on.

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UAE saved tiger cubs

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United Arab Emirates – Dubai Week

Lion And Tiger Cubs Rescued From Sharjah.


Animal protection officers seized a white lion cub and two tiger cubs that were being illegally sold in the UAE.

Officers from the Environment and Protected Areas Authority raided a house in Sharjah after a tip-off.

Two monkeys were also discovered in the raid.

Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, chair of the Environment and Natural Reserves Authority, explained that the process of confiscating dangerous and predatory animals could take two to three months, as some of the complaints that arrived were malicious.


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a well-known offender of wildlife rights. Lots of rich people own tigers or lions and keep them as pets.

Fortunately the UAE Cabinet introduced a law in March 2019 to prevent dangerous or exotic animals as being pets.

Now the UAE steps up and confiscated at a house in Sharjah.

Of course the police needs to do and can do so much more but it is a first step.

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Kerinci tiger habitat

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USA/Indonesia – Mongabay

A Tiger Refuge In Sumatra Gets A Reprieve From Road Building.


The rainforests that once carpeted Indonesia’s Sumatra Island are among the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems, home to iconic species like the Sumatran tiger, rhino and orangutan. They are also among the most imperiled; in just two decades, between 1990 and 2010, Sumatra lost 40 percent of its old-growth forest. The tigers, rhinos and orangutans that roamed those forests are now critically endangered.

Much of the intact forest that remains is protected, at least nominally, in a series of National Parks, and, since 2004, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS).


Indonesia has to do so much more to save its top tiger reserve Kerinci Seblat.

This article gives an excellent insight on how a beautiful nature area is being wasted by agriculture, logging, mining and poaching.

Please step up Indonesia!

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Tiger poacher

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India – Times of India

Tiger Skin Traders Sarju, Lala Convicted.


Two notorious tiger skin and body parts traders Surajbhan alias Sarju Bagdi and Naresh alias Lala Sharma from North India have been convicted by a CBI special judge in New Delhi in a poaching case linked to Maharashtra.

While Sarju has been sentenced to five years simple imprisonment with a fine of Rs10,000, Lala has been sentenced to three years and a fine of Rs10,000. In case of default, the convicts will have to undergo additional jail of one month and 10 days respectively.

Sarju and Lala were dramatically arrested by a joint team of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and Maharashtra forest officials in Delhi. They seized cash Rs2.50 lakh and 18kg tiger bones from the duo. Both the convicts had links with international tiger body parts traders.


Two notorious Indian tiger poachers are convicted – finally.

It took 3 years for the Indian court to get them convicted, which in itself raises big questions.

It also is a big question why one gets five year and the other one only three years, while they both deserve the maximum penalty (7 years).

Maybe someone can explain this?

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Wildlife crime

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United Kindom –

Money Laundering And The Illegal Wildlife Trade: Financial Action At Last?


A proposal by the incoming president of the Financial Action Task Force presents an unprecedented opportunity to tackle the illegal wildlife trade by hitting at its main driver: financial gain.

Attention to the financial dimensions of the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) has steadily increased in recent years. The London IWT Conference in October 2018 was the latest global event to call for an increase in the use of financial investigation techniques to tackle IWT. NGOs such as the Wildlife Justice Commission (this author is a member of WJC’s Council), the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and TRAFFIC have conducted specific IWT financial investigations; and research reports such as those produced by this author and his colleagues and UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering have received a higher profile.

Yet despite all this, most states across the IWT supply chain have remained slow to engage with the financial dimensions of IWT. At best, investigations and prosecutions focus on the crime of possession, rarely (if ever) undertaking related financial investigations. One major reason for this lack of activity can be ascribed to the apparent past indifference to IWT of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global standard setter for anti-money laundering.


Finally a breakthrough in fighting wildlife crime!

The first steps are taken to hit wildlife crime syndicates and its leaders where it jurts the most: in money.

Within the environment of fighting the international wildlife crime we have organisations like TRAFFIC, EIA and Wildlife Justice Commission.

An important think tank to help fighting international wildlife crime as well is RUSI – the Royal United Services Institute.

They announce that the guardian of the integrity of the global financial system and booster of financial investigations, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), has decided to step up and make the fight against wildlife crime a higher priority.

A difficult story to explain, even if you read the article. But it is a breakthrough the (animal) world needs desperately.

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South East Asia tiger

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USA – The Diplomat

Southeast Asia Must Confront Its Illegal Tiger Problem.


There are more tigers living behind bars than in the wild. The figures are staggering: Fewer than 4,000 tigers roam free worldwide while double that number are estimated to be held in breeding facilities across Asia. The vast majority of these captive tigers are in Chinese farms, but the big cat is also being bred in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam — for profit not conservation.

A new report from TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, has found that over the past two decades more than half of the tigers seized in Thailand and a third of those in Vietnam came from captive breeding facilities. The analysis has renewed longstanding worries that “farming tigers leads to illegal trade in tiger parts and stimulates demand,” Dr. Richard Thomas, TRAFFIC’s global communications coordinator, told The Diplomat by email.

The demand for nearly every part of the endangered species — from tiger skins and bones to claws and meat — is perpetuated by the legal and illegal supply from captive tigers.


Excellent article on tiger farming and why this is a threat for tigers in the wild.

The USA, China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam should immediately stop the farming of tigers.

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tigers poaching

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India –

Why We Should Fear For Tigers: A Peek Into The Dark World Of Illegal Poaching


A new report by wildlife trade experts Traffic has put hard figures to the scale of the global trade in tigers. While still considered underestimates, 2,361 tigers, alive or dead, were seized by authorities across 32 countries and territories from 2000 to 2018.

The most seizures were conducted in India (463) which uncovered evidence of a total of 625 individual tigers being smuggled.


Excellent infographics about wildlife trafficking, with focus on India: what is going on?

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Bangla tigers

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Bangladesh – Prothom Alo

Tigers Must Be Saved From Poachers.


According to a survey on tigers in the Sundarbans, carried out by German tiger expert Hen Reeds in 1975, there were 350 tigers in the mangrove forest.

A study on the Sundarbans in 2017 by Kent University in the UK, said the number of tigers in the Sundarbans is 121. So the number of tigers in the Sundarbans has fallen by one third in 42 years.

According to a tiger census in 2004, the number of tigers was 440 in Bangladesh. In another tiger census in 2015, the number of tigers decreased to 106.


Bangladesh faces many challenges when it comes to tiger conservation.

Climate change, industries and poaching to name a few.

Although the Bangladesh government increased activities to save their Bengal tiger, it has to do a lot more.


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Tiger in movies

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India – The Telegraph

Films To Battle Trade In Animal Parts.


Wildlife officials from Delhi spent the last week at the Zoological Survey of India’s headquarters in Calcutta filming animal parts such as bear gall bladder and pangolin scales to train agencies involved in fighting illegal trade in such objects.

The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau is preparing short films on 20 animals whose parts are in demand in illegal wildlife trade. Specimens for shooting were provided by the ZSI, the country’s oldest taxonomic research organisation, set up in 1916.


India starts making short movies to help non-wildlife agencies detect animal parts used in smuggling.

But…”It is yet to be decided how the agencies will access the films,” an official in the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau said.

Normally the procedure is to think about a purpose (=more seizures from non-wildlife organizations), then create a strategy (=informing, training) and at last create the means.

But it seems India is doing it the other way around.

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Bangladesh tiger

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Bangladesh – The Daily Star

Tiger Poaching On Rise.


More than three tigers were poached in Bangladesh every year over the last four years, according to a report published by TRAFFIC, a UK-based international non-profit working on trade in wildlife and plants.

Although Bangladesh has only a few tigers in the Sundarbans, the trend of poaching for tiger skin, teeth, bones, skulls, and other parts of tiger body is increasing, said the report published on Wednesday.

It said 51 tigers were killed over the last 20 years and the average for 2015-18 is 3.1 tigers, which is a lot higher than that of 2000-2014 when it was 2.0.


TRAFFIC, an international NGO that monitors the wildlife trade, came with a report, claiming that Bangladesh lost 3,1 tigers on average during the last 19 years – which is a lot higher than that of 2000-2014 when it was 2.0.

Officials concerned in Bangladesh, however, denied TRAFFIC’s claims and said poaching numbers and seizures of tiger body parts were reducing.

Do these officials know that Bangladesh had 440 tigers in the 2010 count and now only have 114?

Trafficked tigers

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United Kingdom – The Independent

At Least Two Dead Tigers Seized Each Week From Smugglers Threatening Big Cats’ Future, Study Says.


More than two carcasses of endangered tigers are being seized every week from smugglers who are driving the big cats towards extinction, research has found.

Officials in 32 countries discovered 2,359 dead tigers between 2000 and last year – a number described as a “conservative” estimate.


“Year on year, it’s more bad news for tigers” says Kanitha Krishnasamy, director with TRAFFIC who did a study to trafficked tigers.

Each week 2 dead tigers are seized – only the tip of the iceberg.

Since the year 2000 until last year 2,359 dead tigers were seized, in only 32 countries.

Unclear is how many tiger seizures China had.

Trade hub

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India  – Hindustan Times

India Remains Tiger Poaching Hub As South-East Asian Nations Form New Market: Report.


Four out of every 10 tigers killed or poached globally since 2000 were in India with an aim to smuggle the big cat’s body parts to south-east Asian countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand, according to a report released on Tuesday at a global convention on protecting flora and fauna in Geneva.

In all, 2,300 tigers have been killed and illegally trafficked since the turn of the century, the report said. Around 40.5% of these were from India, said the report of conservation group, Traffic, looking at 19-years of tiger seizure data from across the globe. The group campaigns to protect endangered animals and help governments catch those who trade in their parts.


In numbers of seized tigers or tiger parts India tops the list of countries, being an important trade hub for tigers.

However, because law enforcement in India is quite high and low in countries like China, Myanmar and Thailand the article paints not the whole picture.

Losing tigers

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Singapore – Channel News Asia

More Than 2,300 Tigers Killed And Trafficked This Century.


More than 2,300 endangered tigers have been killed and illegally trafficked since the turn of the century, according to a report published on Tuesday (Aug 20), urging more action to protect the giant cats.

With an average of more than 120 illegally trafficked tigers seized each year – which amounts to over two each week – since the year 2000, conservation group Traffic warned there was little sign of respite for the species.

Report author Kanitha Krishnasamy, who heads Traffic’s Southeast Asia operations, said the numbers were deeply concerning.

“It looks like we are losing this fight,” she told AFP.


“We are losing this fight” is the clear message of TRAFFIC, the leading organisation in monitoring wildlife crime.

A survey to tigers is that only this century more than 2,300 tigers have been killed and illegally trafficked since 2000 – 120 a year.

Those are the offical numbers. Unoffically more than 1000 tigers are being slaughtered to meet the demand in tiger products, mostly in China.

What should we do?

Captive tigers

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USA – Mongabay

Big Cat Trade Driven By Demand For Traditional Asian Medicine, According To Report.


Traditional Asian medicine is driving the growing international trade in big cat products and leading to the mistreatment of thousands of animals, according to a recent report.

Bones, blood, and other body parts of big cats are made into products such as balms, capsules, gels, and wines that practitioners of traditional Asian medicine believe to be able to cure ailments ranging from arthritis to meningitis, though in fact they’ve been found to have no provable health benefits. Even before the cats are killed, however, they’re treated more like products than living, breathing creatures, according to the report, released last month by the London-based NGO World Animal Protection.


Survey of World Animal Protection shows that the big cat trade is driven by the demand for traditional Chinese medicines (TCM).

This demand from China leads to extensive poaching, tiger farming, illegal wildllife trade, extortion and even instable governments.

Tiger skin

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Indonesia – Tempo

Police Nab Tiger Skin Traders In East Java.


The Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s Directorate General of Law Enforcement (Gakkum) section II and the Forestry Police for Java, Bali, Nusa Tenggara arrested a suspect identified as B (31) for allegedly trading tiger skin and dozens of parts of protected animals in East Java, August 7.

“We develop an investigation case from our two operations to examine other networks related to this crime against protected animals,” said Mohammad Nur, the Gakkum head, in a statement, Monday, August 12.


Three suspects are arrested on East Java in Indonesia with pieces of fresh tiger skin, three pieces of tiger head skin, nine pieces of tiger head skin in the form of reog (traditional mask), a piece of tiger tail skin, and a piece of tiger skin’s part.

This crime can (and must) lead to a jail sentence of 5 years in Indonesia.

Tiger teeth

Officials in Kolkata seized elephant tusks weighing about 12 kilograms and tiger teeth, worth over Rs. 1 crore, on Tuesday. Three people have been arrested.

A team of officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence arrested a woman with two pieces of elephant tusk weighing over 4 kilograms. The woman had smuggled the animal parts from Assam and was about to hand over to her husband, the mastermind of the smuggling ring.

“DRI officers busted a syndicate involved in smuggling of elephant tusks and tiger teeth. About 12 kgs of elephant tusks and five pieces of tiger teeth cumulatively valued at 1.147 crore were recovered. Three persons were arrested,” a statement from the agency said.


World Animal Protection has completed its first ever global, multiple-country examination of the supply chain feeding the insatiable demand for big cat products, such as tiger bone wine and traditional medicines.

Such products are popular in Asia despite the fact they have no proven medical benefits, and this study highlights the grave danger that animals such as lions and tigers, face as a result.

The organization’s research exposes how big cat farms are harvesting lions in South Africa and tigers in Asia to feed demand, as well as investigating attitudes towards these products from those who consume them.

Myanmar tige swimmingr

In 1903, a tigress prowling in the vicinity of Shwedagon Pagoda was shot and killed by a British soldier – an indication that there used to be plenty of tigers in Myanmar.

However, the country’s tiger population is decreasing and there are many difficulties in preserving the species.

The difficulty in preserving tigers is that there is an illegal wildlife market, shrinking habitat, and less food for tigers in the jungle,” said U Paing Soe, project manager of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The tigers are protected under the Biodiversity and Conservation of Protected Areas Law in Myanmar. Those convicted of poaching, killing, hurting, collecting and trading tigers face three to 10 years in prison.

However, there is a thriving black market for tiger products in Asia, including Myanmar, according to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNOC).

Striped lion

When the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP) was rolled out in 2010, it announced the exigency and intent in rather dramatic terms.

The programme, endorsed in the St Petersburg Declaration on Tiger Conservation, was billed as the “last best hope for tigers”. Inaction could lead to extinction of the “world’s most magnificent species”, the programme’s executive summary had warned. Nine years into the ambitious programme, designed over the period between 2010 and 2022, the intent appears to have translated to a rise in the number of big cats in India, one of the 13 Tiger Range Countries (TRCs) in the GTRP.

The TRCs’ shared goal of doubling the number of tigers globally by 2022 could still be viewed as unrealistic but conservationists see in these numbers a possibility to optimise ongoing efforts — in restoring a depleted prey base, reviving habitats, building new resources for site-specific strategies and more crucially, in improving protection of forests with minimal conflict.

Y V Jhala, scientist at the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India, sees in the task for 2022 a “good target for politicians” to work toward and feels that the post-2010 thrust has, despite setbacks in some of the TRCs, had impressive returns. The senior scientist is working on the 2018 tiger census, a project that monitors the status of tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitat in India. The report is scheduled to be released by the end of July.

China tigers

China is using cutting-edge technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data to monitor endangered Amur tigers and leopards, experts said at the International Forum on Tiger and Leopard Transboundary Conservation in Harbin, Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province on Sunday.

“Infrared cameras, AI and big data have helped us improve the establishment of a database of Amur tigers and leopards,” Jiang Guangshun, a deputy director of the Natural Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA), said at the forum.

“For example, the infrared camera can detect the tiger, and then AI will help analyze the tiger species, the weight and height, which will be marked in the database.”

Jiang noted the number of Amur tigers and leopards is increasing under the protection of China.