Make up your mind

Plastic tiger - make up your mind

When you talk about tigers, you talk about subjects that are open for discussion. Some subjects are highly controversial. Other subjects are hardly known to the public. 

Below you can find the latest articles that will make you think. About tiger conservation, about tigers in captivity, about animal (brand) rights and more.

Are countries doing enough to create safe environments for tigers and humans? How many human tiger conflicts occur? How is the sentiment of the different groups of people and how is the stakeholder management organised? How transparent are forest departments in their policies? What is the strategy for cubs when they lose their mother? What happens with ‘problem’ tigers? 

This discussion is the most difficult of all as only humans can discuss. Animals have advocates to make sure that animals also have the right to live, breed, and eat. One of the most promising discussions about animal rights is the one about brand rights. More than 100,000 companies around the world use an animal for marketing and branding purposes. If these companies pay a fair fee for using the right to use the name, characteristics, or images of the animals they use, a substantial amount will become available for conservation.

Why do people keep animals in captivity? Historically it can be explained but with the current knowledge it is hard to explain why exotic or wild animals are being kept in captivity. Let alone why people hunt in ‘canned’ situations or for trophies.

Tigers are en unlimited source for creativity. Numerous songs have been made, books and paintings. But there is a new wave in this era that troubles tigers. More and more people want to be  entertained by or portrayed with tigers so they can show off to their friends, family or business partners.

Politicians don’t have a good image. There are many reasons for that. One of the reasons people don’t trust politicians is because they often over-promise, not tell the truth or create a false image. In tiger range countries we often see politicians use tigers in their favour.

Some claim that there should not be room for people in the habitats of animals. Other say that the presence of “eyes” keeps poachers away. It is important to realise that there are more sides to the subject of tourism. If executed well, tourism can (financially) contribute to conservation. But often tourism leads to pollution, noise, and disrespect for nature. The most important element is the conditions set by authorities and the enforcement of these conditions. Both seem to belacking in many areas with tourists.

Below you can find a number of articles that can make you help to think differently about certain subjects.