Greetings form T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach, here’s an important blog from Dan DeFreest.
The single greatest threat to the existence of exotic animals around the world is poaching. Elephants and Rhinos are poached for their tusks, tigers are poached for their beautiful fur…and bones. That’s right, bones. Over the last thirty years, tiger bones have become a sought-after and highly prized ingredient in eastern medicine.
Villagers in remote areas of India are being paid pennies on the dollar to trap and kill tigers by unscrupulous traders that sell the skins and bones. The profit, as usual, is with the middle man and the retailers. But, why is this such a new phenomenon?
The use of tiger bones and other body parts is part of traditional Eastern medicine, for instance, tiger penis soup, which supposedly can increase male virility, can cost hundreds of dollar per bowl. Ground-up tiger bones are used in recipes for exotic cures for everything from ulcers to certain forms of cancer.
Why now, why are these supposed remedies suddenly in high demand? The answer is because the East is modernizing and now people there now have the discretionary income to spend on them. The influx of money into this illicit market is driving prices up and creating the demand. It’s impossible for authorities to patrol all of the vast areas of India where villages know the habits of the tigers and of the police.
Right now, education is the best weapon against this carnage, if you want to learn more about how to protect these magnificent animals from extinction, some to visit us at T.I.G.E.R.S in Myrtle Beach.