La Llorona Tiger Award

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India – Outlook

La Llorona best film, Vaclav Marhoul best director at KIFF.

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Guatemalan offering “La Llorona” (The Weeping Woman) won the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger award for best film in international competition at the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival here on Friday.

The film, directed and produced by Jayro Bustamante, won the trophy and a cheque of Rs 51 lakh, which were presented by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the closing ceremony of the eight-day film festival.

Czech film maker Vaclav Marhoul was adjudged the best director for his film ”Nabarvene Ptace” (The Painted Bird), getting a prize purse of Rs 21 Lakh besides the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger trophy.

”Shpia e Ages” (Aga”s House), directed by Lendita Zeqira of Kosovo, got the special jury award in the international competition category.

Commentary

Tigers are being used in many ways. Where in other countries movies gets prizes like a BAFTA, a Golden Globe or an Oscat they give Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Awards in India.

This year La Llorona was awarded as the best film, and got a Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award.

Tiger Nut Market

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United Kingdom – United Report Gazette

Tiger Nut Market Import-Export Ratio, Share, Expansion Rate Forecast To 2025| TIGERNUTS TRADERS, S.L., The Tiger Nut Company Ltd.

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A new report has been added by CMFE Insights on the global Tiger Nut market that shed light on the effective examination techniques. It provides a detailed description on the dynamic view of the market which has different perspectives. This report summarizes about the technologies, which can help to scale up the growth of the businesses in the near future.

Tiger Nut Market is increasing at a healthy CAGR of XX% during Forecast period 2019-2025.

 
 

Commentary

Tiger nuts are very popular nuts.

Not only because they taste wonderful but also because they look a bit like tigers. And anything that looks like tigers, is popular and interesting for selling.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Platoon

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Malaysia – MalayMail

PGA Tiger Platoon to help track down poachers in Sabah, Sarawak, says IGP.

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The Tiger Platoon from the General Operations Force (PGA) in Sabah has been assigned to assist the relevant authorities in protecting the wildlife in the state.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said the special platoon would be mobilised to conduct patrols, track down suspects as well as carry out joint raids with enforcement officials including the Wildlife Department and the Sabah Forestry Department.

Commentary

Tigers have been a source of inspiration for ages. For companies, for cats at home, for sporting teams but als for military and police units.

In Malaysia a ‘Tiger Platoon’ from the General Operations Force (PGA) in Sabah has been assigned to assist the relevant authorities in protecting the wildlife in the state: hunting poachers!

#tiger #tigernews

Schleich tiger

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USA – Blooloop.com

Schleich announces retailtainment experiences and more on Toys ‘R’ Us Adventure.

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Toys ‘R’ Us Adventure, opening soon in Chicago and Atlanta, will be a “toy-filled playland” with sensory experiences, games, and interactive play rooms.

Schleich’s offerings at the attraction include a jungle-themed experience, the chance to escape from a T-Rex, and a ride in the Jungle Explorer vehicle.

The toy figurine manufacturer is also opening an immersive retail environment at the FAO Schwarz flagship store in New York City, and launching an enhanced e-commerce platform.

Commentary

Schleich is a big online toy store that also sells within offline toy stores.

Animals always do well with children and so they use the animal of all animals a lot to engage children more with their products.

Schleigh now announces retailtainment experiences and more on Toys ‘R’ Us Adventure, getting more and more jungle experiences

#tiger #tigernews

TIGERS recognition

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USA – Alamosa News

T.I.G.E.R.S earn recognition.

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October is Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The School to Work Alliance Program, Blue Peaks Developmental Services, the Work Force Center, the Training Advantage Program and the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, recognized three San Luis Valley programs and businesses employing persons with disabilities.

Each were presented with a plaque recognizing their efforts.

Commentary

Another initiative that is really doing good things is using the name of the tiger.

Not a word about the tiger itself, nor the fact that the tiger is an endangered animal – threatened with extinction.

#tiger #tigernews

Leicester tigers

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United Kingdom – Leicester Tigers

Introducing club charity partners for 2019/20.

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Leicester Tigers are proud to welcome The Bodie Hodges Foundation and the Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes, alongside the Matt Hampson Foundation as the club’s official charity partners for the 2019/20 season. 

Representatives and volunteers from each of the charities were presented to the Welford Road crowd during Tigers derby day fixture against local rivals Northampton Saints in the final pool game of the Premiership Rugby Cup.

The three charities join the Leicester Tigers Foundation as this year’s charity partners which will see them work with the club to help raise awareness and funds to support their work within the community. 

Commentary

Another sporting club that uses the name of the tiger as their main brand element is Leicester Tigers from the United Kingdom.

Like most of the sporting clubs Leicester Tigers has a foundation to create a warm relationship with its community, often helping people that really need help.

In this case the Leicester Tigers announce three new ‘charity partners’ – all for helping people.

But isn’t it about time to help real tigers – the ones that are endangered and threatened with extinction?

#tiger #tigernews

Hull City Tiger

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United Kingdom – Hull City tigers website

Hull City Supporting World Mental Health Day 2019.

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Set up by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992, the event takes place every year on 10th October with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and supporting all mental health stakeholders in their work changing attitudes.

The EFL and their charity partner, Mind, recently launched an awareness campaign for World Mental Health Day 2019, Goals Worth Talking About.

The campaign is the latest activity by the EFL and Mind, who are currently in the second year of their ground-breaking charity partnership which aims to improve the nation’s mental health and wellbeing and the approach to mental health in football.

Commentary

Hull City, a football club in the UK, raises awareness for mental health problems.

We appreciate their efforts, it’s a good cause!

We would appreciate it even more if Hull City Tigers do a lot more on creating better situations for the animal that gave them their name.

The tiger, with only 4,642 left in the wild, is endangered and threatened with extinction.

#tiger #tigernews

China Tiger

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Australia – Tone Deaf

Tony Hawk is a massive fan of this new Australian band.

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Sydney newcomers China Tiger released their debut single, ‘Belly Button’, last week and it is already making a splash.

The four-piece also announced a string of live shows to accompany the release, with more to follow. The first of these, the ‘Belly Button’ single launch, will take place at Frankie’s Pizza in Sydney on October 30.

If your parents didn’t let you have video games as a kid, let me fill you RIGHT in. Skateboarder Tony Hawk’s PS2 games were a bountiful cornerstone of millennial childhoods worldwide. Hawk is also a skateboarding champion in his own right. As if this wasn’t enough, he has forged an acting career as well, and set up a charity and a skateboard brand. The guy is a bloody Renaissance man.

Commentary

Autralian boyband names itself China Tiger and raises awareness on… mental health.

Although it is a serious subject we’d rather had seen that awareness was raised on the poor situation of tigers in China.

It’s a pity that the brand ‘tiger’ is abused in many ways.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Blue Goes Green

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USA – The Daily Helmsman

“Tiger Blue Goes Green” tents up the environment at the festival.

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The University of Memphis student plaza resembled a Tiger Lane football tailgate Tuesday afternoon as students flocked to party tents to enjoy autumn temperatures at the annual Tiger Blue Goes Green festival.

The Physical Plant Departments Office of Sustainability’s outdoor expo provided students ample refreshments and lunch options, while vendors from on and off-campus gave a range of educational presentations on environmental sustainability and conservation.

Sustainability manager Ameilia Mahayi coordinated the event and said her office hoped it would be an exciting, effective way to educate students about not only where their green fee tuition money is going, but also how to take advantage of the eco-friendly services available to them on campus.

“There’s Tiger Garden, Tiger Bike, Memphis Law and so many more,” Mahayi said.

Commentary

A ‘Tiger Lane’, ‘Tiger Blue Goes Green festival’, ‘Tiger Bike’ and ‘Tiger Garden’….

All activities by the University of Memphis to focus on clean water – not a word about the endangered situation of tigers.

This is only one example of how the ‘tiger’ brand is being exploited for other means than tiger conservation.

#tiger #tigernews

Trapped tiger

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United Kingdom – Charity Digital

WWF links up with messaging app for tiger conservation fundraiser.

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The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) has launched a digital chatbot and sticker fundraising campaign via instant messaging on mobile phones to help in the global conservation of tigers.

The campaign coincides with global awareness raising event World Animal Day on 4 October and involves the charity linking up with the messaging app Viber.

Through the partnership Viber has created tiger themed stickers that can be downloaded and used within messaging.

Commentary

NGOs in tiger conservation should be worried.

WWF (the World Wide Fund for Nature) is claiming the ‘tiger’ domain more and more, getting more and more grip on donors.

They can build this image tiger saving image because they invest a lot of donor money in building the WWF tiger brand.

Other NGOs should worry because they have more difficulties in getting funding for their activities.

Creating collaborations in order to stay in ‘business’ and to do extremely important activities for tigers seems eminent.

#tiger #tigernews

Uniroyal tiger

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USA – Yahoo Finance

Uniroyal Tires Renews Support for World Wildlife Fund Program to Double Wild Tiger Population.

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Uniroyal® Tires is renewing its support of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF®) campaign to increase the number of wild tigers. The brand that offers the iconic UNIROYAL® Tiger Paw® tire line is launching its second month-long campaign to support Tx2 – an ambitious tiger conservation target set by 13 tiger-range countries to double the number of wild tigers by 2022.

Commentary

Brands use iconic species like tigers for their marketing or branding, knowing it will sell more.

Each company should pay 1% of all annual turnover for using the iconic animal – as if they pay brand rights.

Incidentally big companies that use iconic animals pay a small amount. The well-known conservation organisations -like WWF- are profiting from this.

Regardless of the fact that the amounts paid are often too low this situation calls for a change.

In this case WWF collects all the money and nobody knows what they do with it. The amount disappears in the deep pockets and WWF never tells how it is spend exactly.

We call for an independent fund that collect all the money coming from rights, paid by companies that use iconic animals in marketing and brands.

This transparent fund will see to it that all money will be invested wisely in tiger conservation programs, without attributing to overhead costs, high wages or other spillage.

#tiger #tigernews

Tony the tiger

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India – NewKerala.com

Tony The Tiger Claims Sun Bowl Title Partnership And Returns The Game To Original Mission: Helping Kids Play Sports.

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A new era of college football begins as Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes is announced as the title sponsor of the newly-named Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl.

The postseason contest will feature a power-five matchup between members of the ACC and Pac-12 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31, 2019, and will be televised for the 52nd consecutive year on CBS. The agreement between the Sun Bowl Association and Frosted Flakes was brokered by Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment.

The multiyear partnership is marked by Tony the Tiger being the first mascot to lend his name to a college football bowl game. What’s more, Tony is returning the Sun Bowl to its inaugural mission — helping kids play sports — something that hasn’t been a focus since the birth of the Sun Bowl.

Commentary

The American Superbowl in El Paso is being sponserd by Kellogg’s with Tony the Tiger.

Kellogg’s is using the tiger as brand and made fortunes with it. But instead of teaming up seriously to help tigers, the animal that made them so rich, they get into all kinds of other partnerships.

When does Kellogg’s finally starts investing seriously into tiger conservation?

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger grass

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USA – Cosmopolitan

Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops Make My Skin Look *Perfect*.

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No-makeup makeup has kinda always been my thing—and not because I have zit-free, Insta-worthy skin that’s been chiseled by the gods.

Nope, I’m just lazy as all hell and can’t focus on doing my makeup for more than five minutes at a time, which makes my morning makeup routine pretty simple: moisturizer, concealer, blush, mascara. And that’s always worked for me—until recently, when my skin decided to get really blotchy out of nowhere (shout out to my hormones!), messing with my routine.

Commentary

Now another brand is using the tiger to make money without paying a fair compensation to tiger conservation:

Dr. Jart Cicapair with Tiger Gress Camo Drops (cosmetics).

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Beer

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www.bandt.com

Tiger Beer Young Spikes #RareStripes Design Competition Now Open

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Spikes Asia has partnered with Tiger Beer, Asia’s number one international premium beer to launch the Young Spikes x Tiger Beer #RareStripes Design competition.

Interested candidates must form a team consisting of 2 members and fill in the application form before midnight SGT, Friday 6 September 2019. The applications will be reviewed by Spikes Asia and Tiger Beer to shortlist 5 teams who will compete at Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity.

Each shortlisted team must produce a conceptual #RareStripes idea that answers the competition brief. This could be a design, product, experiential, or creative communications idea that can be produced to spread awareness about the Saving Wild Tigers programme.

The winner will then get an opportunity to collaborate with Tiger Beer and have their eventual concept brought to life and sold commercially as a part of the Tiger Beer #RareStripes collection.

Commentary

Tiger Beer (part of Heineken), the multi-billion dollar beer brand, owes its brand value to the tiger. This brand value is worth billions.

Now Tiger Beer is investing heavily to enhance tiger conservation so the world thinks that tiger beer is the great savior of tigers. They are not.

Since 2013 Chris Slappendel, founder of this platform, has put pressure on Tiger Beer to invest 1% of their annual turnover into conservation of tigers. They still do not – although WWF was happy to get an annual fee of 1 million USD from Heineken/Tiger Beer in May 2017.

Now Tiger Beer is also using someone else’s idea to create awareness for THEIR tiger awareness program – while the original idea (a contest for creatives in the world) was to raise awareness for tiger issues IN GENERAL.

And with the executing of the contest they even discriminate older people, setting a limit to 30 years.

All this is not what you expect from a world class and registered stock exchange company like Heineken is.

#tiger #tigernews

Tony the tiger

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USA – WTKR

Earning Its Stripes: College Football’s Sun Bowl Re-branded As Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

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Tuesday, a new era of college football begins as Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® is announced as the title sponsor of the newly-named Tony the Tiger® Sun Bowl. The postseason contest will feature a power-five matchup between members of the ACC and Pac-12 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31, 2019, and will be televised for the 52nd consecutive year on CBS (News 3 in Hampton Roads). The agreement between the Sun Bowl Association and Frosted Flakes® was brokered by Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment.

The multiyear partnership is marked by Tony the Tiger® being the first mascot to lend his name to a college football bowl game. What’s more, Tony is returning the Sun Bowl to its inaugural mission — helping kids play sports — something that hasn’t been a focus since the birth of the Sun Bowl.

Commentary

Kellog’s Corn Flakes made 13,5 billion US dollars of turnover in 2018. Nothing of that money goes to tiger conservation.

That’s strange to say at the least because the brand was made and is still famous because of Tony the Tiger, the mascotte they use to promote their cornflakes.

Now Kellog’s is sponsoring the opening of the College Football season in El Paso – promoting Mission Tiger. But Mission Tiger is strangely enough not about saving tigers but helping underprivileged kids (a good cause as well).

But we call on Kellog’s to do substantially more on tiger conservation. We think they owe it to Tony. And they have the money.

Kaziranga tiger

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India – The Telegraph

Kaziranga Scores Low As Brand Tiger Reserve.

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Kaziranga National park, the abode of one-horned rhinos and a tourist hotspot, is still not a “brand” tiger reserve, says a study carried out by the Indian Institute of Forest Management.

The study on the brand equity of six tiger reserves — Corbett, Ranthambore, Kanha, Sundarbans, Periyar and Kaziranga — found Kaziranga to score the lowest. Brand equity is the value of a brand, assessed on its high brand loyalty, name awareness, perceived quality and strong brand associations.

Commentary

The NTCA released a report that the by floodings devastated Kaziranga National Park is scoring low as a tiger brand – related to five other tiger reserves.

Malayan Tiger Run

The Malayan Tiger Run 2019 today saw more than 4,000 participants roaring off in support of tiger conservation in Malaysia.

The 5km obstacle fun run, jointly organised by WWF-Malaysia and Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank), was flagged off by Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar.

WWF-Malaysia executive director Sophia Lim said the overwhelming response reflected the support of Malaysians to protect the Malayan tiger.

“We also launched our Malayan tiger pledge today, and we hope the people will continue to stand behind us and support us.

WTF tiger tour

Get ready. It’s almost time for a Wild Tiger to roar, to earn its stripes, to (big) cat-apault its way onto the global stage. One of the most daring, ambitious and brilliant CSR initiatives in travel retail industry history is about to begin.

 

As reported, Indian rum brand Wild Tiger’s Founder and Chief Brand Officer Gautom Menon and Brand Creative Head Paul George V will be the co-pilots on an epic 65-day ‘Roar Trip’ from Kerala to Cannes, beginning on 29 July (World Tiger Day) and finishing on 28 September.

Gautom and Paul will drive for 65 days across 25 countries on an epic 25,000 kilometre journey. It will culminate in the most innovative arrival at TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes that you ever saw. We and many others will be there to greet these intrepid explorers in style.

Yes, it is time for the Wild Tiger to roar.

 

The East India Company Bullion Ltd. and the treasury of St. Helena have released (17th July) their new 2019-dated “Tiger” silver one-ounce Proof-quality cash coin. The bold Tiger coin celebrates India’s national animal and highlights the fact that the tiger is one of the world’s most endangered species.

As the national animal of India, the tiger occupies a prominent position and meaning in Indian culture. For centuries it has been a symbol of power, strength, and grace, and is also closely associated with bravery and valour. In Hindu mythology, this majestic animal symbolises the possession of unlimited power. The Goddess Durga Bhagwati, or the Divine Mother, rides a tiger to demonstrate her power to protect virtue and destroy evil.

The species’ scientific name is Panthera tigris, the Royal Bengal tiger represents strength, elegance, and endurance. Well protected in India, genetic research confirms that this species of tiger arrived over 12,000 years ago. While all tigers are considered endangered, the royal Bengal tiger is the most numerous of all tiger sub-species with approximately 2,500 tigers left in the wild. The creation of India’s tiger reserves in the 1970s helped to stabilise its numbers, but poaching in recent years has again put the Bengal tiger in danger.

Roar for tigers trip

A cross-continental drive spanning 25 countries to create awareness on tiger conservation will start from Saravanampatti on July 29.

This project, organised by Wild Tiger Foundation (WTF), will begin from CMS College of Science and Commerce. The drive will cover countries in Southeast and Central Asia (including Myanmar, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan), Russia and Europe (including Hungary, Germany, Italy and France). Titled ‘The Roar Trip’, the project aims to cover the 25 countries in 65 days, according to its organisers.

The car involved in this project carries a number plate that reads ‘WTF 3900’, with 3,900 denoting the total number of wild tigers currently alive on Earth, the organisers said.

Tiger Vac

Nike Tiger

Maybank tiger

Statebags

Wild Tiger Foundation

Tiger grille

Economic tigers

ECONOMIC TIGERS: FORGET THEM!

Four reasons why the comparison of economic tigers with real tigers fails.

Economic tigers

[This is a 10 minute-read]

We all have read or heard the phrase ‘economic tiger’ before. This phrase – or ‘a tiger economy’ – is used when the economy of a country undergoes rapid economic growth, usually accompanied by an increase in the standard of living.

Tigers are iconic animals, even mythical. But is it logical to make the comparison of rapidly growing economies with real tigers? This article will show you why it is not. On the contrary, in the future you probably won’t use the name ‘economic tiger’ ever again.

Historical view on ‘economic tigers’

The phrase ‘economic tiger’ was first used when four upcoming Asian economies (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore) became important on the world stage. Their ‘nickname’ (Four Asian Tigers) was purely symbolic, mainly because tigers are important in Asian symbolism.
Promising economies, like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines are – not surprisingly – being called Tiger Cub economies.
It didn’t stop with Asia however. Tigers have a lot of names (like the Bengal tiger, the Siberian tiger and the Caspian tiger) so other upcoming economies were called tigers too: in the 1980s some cities in Turkey were called the Anatolian Tigers, The United Arab Emirates were called the Gulf Tigers (1990s), the Celtic Tiger resembled the economy of the Republic of Ireland (1995–2000) and the Baltic tigers, of course stood for the Baltic states (2000s).
Celtic tigers
In Latin America they used a nephew of the tiger. The fast-growing, emerging economies of Mexico, Chile, Peru & Colombia were called Pacific pumas. Chile in particular was called the Jaguar of the Pacific Rim.
And of course, in Africa they introduced the term Lion economy. This was in particularly for South Africa, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Botswana, Egypt, Mauritius, and Tunisia.
However, economic tigers are not always delivering. The Philippines, Sri Lanka and Myanmar were the next East Asian Tiger Economies in the 1960s. These countries were growing fast, but domestic problems turned out to be showstoppers. The Hebrew tiger, as Israel was called, also had a rapid economic growth (1990s, again in the 2000s and 2010s) but all growth periods were followed with recessions.

"In some Asian cultures tigers are considered as God, Jesus, Allah and Buddha.

Myths around real tigers

Of course, the tiger is the king of the jungle (for Asians that is, Africans think that ‘their’ lion is the one that possesses the throne). Winning a fight bare handed with a tiger is impossible. Tigers will always win as their jaws, their strength and their paws with the sharpest nails are deadlier than the biggest punch of a human ever will be.
Because of the incredible power of tigers, they were the biggest enemies of humans in Asia, as they only lived (and still live) in that continent. With the absence of ways of communicating, all kinds of myths about tigers were created. There is evidence that 6000 years ago the tiger was already worshipped in Asian cultures. So it will come as no surprise that in some Asian cultures tigers are considered as God, Jesus, Allah and Buddha all together.
The tiger became not only a god to be worshipped but also a god to be consumed. Some people really started believing that consuming something of a tiger will make you richer, more powerful, healthier (curing all diseases possible) or even invincible.
Tiger parts
People in China and other Asian countries still believe the myths. The most used example of course is that eating the balls of the tiger will make a man more capable between the sheets. This myth is also being used in business, amongst others, by Viagra, the (in)famous blue pills that treat impotency. For those of you that don’t know: Viagra means tiger in the Sanskrit language.

"Viagra means

False comparison with real tigers

Although, in line with myths and symbols, the comparison of promising tigers with real tigers is just false, there are (at least) four reasons to come to this conclusion.
Upcoming economies are often assessed on four main areas. How open is the economy, like is it depending on trade or not. How is the exposure towards resources, like is it depending on other countries or not (i.e. oil). How is the financial balance of the country, like can its internal finances grow by taxes or interest rates – or does it need other countries for financing the expected growth? And last but not least, what’s the attitude towards the products of the country, inside and outside the country? Are markets positive or not?
If we compare these four areas with tigers, we see on all areas exactly the opposite.
Let’s take the four areas in chronological order and start with trade first.

Number one: Dependency on trade

Where ‘economic tigers’ need as much trade as they can get to grow, the real tiger gets extinct because of it. In the last 100 years tiger numbers have dropped from more than 100,000 to less than 4,000. And not without reason.
The demand for tigers was always high ever since the Western world started its dominance. One aspect was that ‘explorers’ wanted to show the home front trophies. What better trophy to display dominance than showing a caged tiger – the king of the jungle? At first tigers only were shown in private zoos, but ‘open’ zoos and circuses appeared quite fast. That was the start of a global exploitation of tigers.
But not only the European countries and America had a demand for tigers.
King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, then the Prince of Wales, on a tiger hunt in Bengal, India in 1922.
China used to have respect for tigers until Mao Zedong took over. Under his spell almost all tigers in China disappeared. There were two reasons for this. One is that the tiger obstructed progress in agricultural growth as part of his ‘great leap forward’ so hunters got permission (and bonuses) to shoot tigers. Reason number two is that Mao not only had a red book for his ‘great leap forward’ but also for the well being of the Chinese people, despite of all the cruelty he brought. He knew there were not enough doctors to help people to remain fit to help with the economic growth. So he ordered that all ailments and diseases were documented in another red book – but not only that. All solutions, medical or not and proven or not, were also documented. It didn’t matter whether the solution worked or not because the placebo effect already helped more than the absence of a doctor could.
It is no surprise that ‘medications’ from iconic animals were an important part of the offered solutions. The appearance of that other red book also introduced the term ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine’ or TCM. Curing diseases with pills, lotions and wine made of wild animals became an institution within China. From that moment on wild, iconic animals in China were outlawed and disappeared quickly in China. Tigers were the number one targets, because of all the myth around it. But they disappeared not only in China; in all neighbouring countries the same thing happened.

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A growing demand for real tigers means that the disappearing of tigers in the wild accelerates. In other words, the demand for tigers means extinction. Quite the opposite of what economic tigers need.

Number two: Dependency on resources

If countries are too dependent on other countries it is considered a risk. The more economic tigers can grow with their own resources, the bigger the chance of trust and growth. Real tigers however are dependent more and more on other countries. Because of the growing human population and the threats from China, the habitat of tigers have gotten smaller and smaller. Compared with 100 years ago tigers now only live on 93% of their original habitat.
The leading countries in the world have acknowledged the loss of biodiversity more and more, so the focus on saving threatened species has grown as well. The United Nations came up with an international treaty (CITES) to prevent species to go extinct. All countries involved (almost all in the world) discuss the status and the necessary actions every one or two years on a major ‘wildlife trade’ convention (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild flora and fauna) and they commit to the agreements made. But (there is always a but) not all countries are equally reliable. China for instance is not. China wants to legalize tiger farming to meet the growing domestic demand for tigers, which fuels the pressure on tigers in the wild, according to all tiger experts in the world.
South china tiger
The same goes for habitat. Tigers live in areas that are wanted for palm oil production, housing or mining. If it were up to the countries where these tigers live, they would have been gone already as they simply block the way of economic progress.
Tigers still exist because of the dependence of other countries, which makes the comparison with economic tigers false again.

Number three: Financial balance

Growing countries that can finance growth by themselves are trust worthier than countries that can only grow by lending money from other countries. The growing of the tiger population however is only depending on money from other countries, with just a few exceptions.
Let’s take a look at some examples. There are a couple of countries where tiger numbers are rising. India is doing well and the Indian government is investing a lot of money in tiger conservation. Nepal as well, just like Bhutan and Russia. All four countries however are financially supported by (mostly) UK or USA based NGOs, often funded by zoos. But besides financial help there is also a lot of managerial help and knowledge to tackle the threats of poaching, encroachment and deforestation.
Other examples will only prove what is written above. Tigers already have disappeared from 20 (!) countries since 1900, with Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia recently added to that list. The rest of the countries where tigers live (Bangladesh, Malaysia, China, Myanmar, Indonesia (Sumatra) are showing that they can’t grow tiger numbers themselves, as the numbers of tigers in these countries are getting smaller – even by the hour.
So while ‘economic tigers’ are valued because they are able to finance their own growth, real tigers really need others for their existence – even more for growing their numbers.

Number four: Markets want the products

The last reason why the comparison of economic tigers and real tigers is false is the appetite. Are the products wanted or not? If growing economies have products that are in demand (inside or outside the country), chances are that growth can be expected.
Extinct subspecies
Growing demand for tigers however, as shown before, only leads to acceleration towards extinction. We have seen already this with the Caspian, Java and Bali tiger species: they are all extinct.
So let’s forget about the term ‘economic tigers’.
It is only based on myths.

Busch Gardens tigres

Tiger Tea bus