USA Tigers

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United Kingdom – The Guardian

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There are more tigers in American gardens than there are left in the wild. Alex Hannaford meets the owners who live cheek by jowl with their pets, and also those ensuring the big cats are treated without cruelty.

t was the sort of headline impossible to scroll past: “Pot Smokers Find Caged Tiger in Abandoned Houston House, Weren’t Hallucinating: Police.” Last February, a group of people had snuck into a deserted house in Texas’s largest city to smoke marijuana when they stumbled upon a full-grown tiger in a cage – a cage secured by just a nylon strap and a screwdriver.

Sergeant Jason Alderete of Houston Police Department’s animal cruelty unit, later told a local TV station: “It wasn’t the effects of the drugs. There was an actual tiger!” The animal was given a name, Loki, and sent to an animal sanctuary in the country, run by the Humane Society of the United States. You’d be forgiven for thinking Loki’s experience was an isolated incident – it isn’t.

 
 

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USA is one of three countries of the axis of tiger evil. After China and Thailand, the US shows us time and time again how tigers and other big cats are being abused.

If President Donald Trump would have balls, he would create better circumstances for tigers (and other captive animals) in the USA.

Just to make America great again.

#tiger #tigernews

Bandipur tiger

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India – Times of India

Prowling tiger captured in Karnataka's Bandipur.

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The tiger was injured in the head, ears and other parts The forest department tranquilised a nine-year-old tiger , which had created panic among villagers, near Hediyala , Nanjangud on Sunday.

The tiger had killed a cow in a village on the fringes of Bandipur Tiger Reserve. Some residents had spotted the tiger prowling near the village at night. As panic gripped the area, villagers demanded that the forest department capture the big cat.

The department personnel launched an operation to capture the tiger on Saturday. They placed cameras at various points near the village and at a cotton field, based on pug marks and information from villagers. Forest department personnel launch an operation to capture the tiger.

Forest department personnel take away the nine-year old male tiger after tranquilizing it.

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A tiger in India that has lost a tooth and couldn’t hunt anymore was hunted itself by more than 100 people in the Bandipur forests.

Because the tiger couldn’t hunt in the forest anymore, as the canine tooth was broken (crucial for tigers), this tiger went into farmland and villages for easy prey (dogs and cows).

While doing so this tiger (allegedly) also killed two humans.

The hunt for the tiger was successful after intervention of a local tribe, whose members spotted the tiger.

The tiger was tranquilized by a dart and is now in custody. As the tiger was very week thorough examinations will be done to see if it could be released back into the wild.

#tiger #tigernews

Captive tiger SA

A new report by global NGO, World Animal Protection, provides a damning indictment on the captive predator breeding industry. Big cats are being bred for the use of their bones in traditional Chinese medicine. China is estimated to house about 8 000 tigers in captivity, while South Africa may have as many as 14 000 lions. Nontobeko Mtshali asks Ross Harvey to analyse the issues around captive breeding in South Africa.

Is the South African government doing enough to manage the fact that it’s got the biggest number of wild cats in captivity?

No. The fact that it has the largest number of big cats in captivity in the world – anywhere north of 8 000 – across an estimated 300 facilities – is evidence of an industry out of control. It remains largely unregulated.

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries admits that it doesn’t know how many facilities there are. Nor does it know how many predators are in captivity.

Captive breeding is permissible under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The trade in products arising from it is permitted under an annotation. But the International Union for the Conservation of Nature – the world’s foremost conservation body – has unequivocally called for its termination.

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