Tiger–Tiger!

What of the hunting, hunter bold?
Brother, the watch was long and cold.
What of the quarry ye went to kill?
Brother, he crops in the jungle still.
Where is the power that made your pride?
Brother, it ebbs from my flank and side.
Where is the haste that ye hurry by?
Brother, I go to my lair to die!

by Rudyard Kipling

I don’t know why I am doing this but yes, I think I need to. Bloggers around the world are doing this. Why shouldn’t I?…

See, the point of concern is a mere number. 1411 to be exact. Or lesser. I don’t know. I haven’t counted them. Some people have. Oh sorry, had… In 2007. It is 2010. So even they don’t know. Three years. Not a very long time ago. Or is it?….

Today, tiger (Panthera tigris), one of the world’s most beautiful and revered animals, stands near the brink of extinction. Aircel proudly pronounces its concern towards this. SAVE OUR TIGERS. A whole new website dedicated to this serious issue; in association with WWF. Aircel believes in environment protection. But 1411? Why didn’t when it was 1500? Or 2000? I know the answer is simple. It’s actually a question. “What have you done yourself?” Or “It is at least a start.”

OK. Let me tell you this now. I don’t believe in it. All this fuss about saving tigers. Why should we? Its Darwinian world. We are strong. We survive. They are weak. So, they perish…

Everything in this world is done with a motive. Charity is done by those who have in excess. Every action whether it is from an animal or a human being is preceded by greed. Greed. An inescapable word made unpopular by those who are inflicted by it the most. I know it is all being philosophical. Too much actually. And practical…

Let’s read a copy pasted article.

Loss, fragmentation, and degradation of forests have been major factors in the decline of the tiger population in this century, with illegal killing playing an increasingly damaging role as tigers have become more vulnerable: no refugees remain safe from human penetration. Habitat loss remains a grave danger for the tiger, particularly in South and Southeast Asia. In countries like India where there is a human population problem, people are always looking for more room which infringes on the tiger habitat. Once people reside close to tigers, they transform the ecological system with cattle, crops, et cetera, which in turn harms the tigers. The following is a detailed analysis of many of the threats that endanger tigers (all but one associated with man).
Illegal Hunting for Medicinal Trade

Poaching for tiger skins has a long history; the magnificent striped pelt has been in demand for rugs, wall hangings, and fur coats. These are less important now as the market is restricted by trade bans. The poacher’s targets today are bones and other parts to meet the demand for pseudo-medicinal use in eastern Asia, primarily China, Taiwan, and South Korea, but also in Indo-China. The extent of this demand has yet to be ascertained because very little data exists beyond the evidence of tiger products in pharmacies and markets throughout the region. Chinese authorities have disclosed that, in 1991, exports of tiger bone medicines included 15,079 cartons of tablets, 5,250kg of liquid medicines, and 31,500 bottles of wine. Most of the exports are believed to have been to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, but tiger-based medicines have been found in many parts of the world where there are Chinese communities, including Australia, Europe, and the USA.
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Unfortunately, new evidence shows that tigers are being breed in China now to quench the Chinese market for tiger parts.
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How effective bans will be in curbing demand remains to be seen. The belief in the efficacy of medicines based on the awesome tiger is ages old and cannot be expected to disappear in the short term. Evidence has been collected that tiger-based medicines are still widely available despite the announced bans, and illegal trade is likely to continue for a long time to come. That will mean that tigers everywhere will remain under serious threat unless steps are taken to suppress the trade and find effective substitutes.
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The Genetic Threat

most tiger populations today consist of fewer than 100 individuals and only about 40 per cent of them constitute the breeding population. Inbreeding is inevitable and father-daughter and mother-son mating has been recorded. The balance of the sexes may be distorted by an excess of males or females surviving to maturity, thus increasing the impact of inbreeding. A loss of variability and genetic deterioration follow, with lowered cub production and survival, which may not be apparent until they have reached a level that, threatens the population.

I am sad. Now. I was wrong. Then…

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11 Responses to Tiger–Tiger!

  1. Sorry RSV. Dont quite agree with you. Hunters are not superior than Tigers, in any way. So Darwin’s theory doesnt apply here. Poachers are a bunch of fools who have no idea what they are doing, how they are disrupting the eco-system. I dont think man can survive alone on this planet, after destroying every other animal species alive.

  2. B K CHOWLA says:

    So much is being written on this subject and rightly so.
    But, should we not also worry about the number of children dying due to malnutrition?
    In our anxiety for tigers, let us not forget the children.

    • We are not forgetting the children. If we are trying to save the tiger, it is for our children. We want many more human generations to live on this planet. Tiger becoming extinct is not a small thing. Herbivores will multiply like hell without carnivores eating them. It will upset the eco-system. And all that we want is someone to prevent poachers from hunting. It is not such a costly thing to do.

  3. V Rakesh says:

    Human beings are clouded by the myth of being supposedly superior! Even the notion that our actions will destroy the world, is one of pure ego!

    Coming to the Tiger, it’s sad that our future generations may not be able to catch a sight of this magnificent creation!

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  6. Avada Kedavra says:

    Congrats Rahul!!! 🙂

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