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Tigers under threat

  • Published at 11:54 pm August 24th, 2019
Photo: BIGSTOCK
Photo: BIGSTOCK

Preservation of our tigers must be prioritized

It is worrisome that despite widespread concern regarding the preservation of the Bengal Tiger in the Sundarbans, their population has barely increased since 2015, rising from 106 to 114. 

This should come as no surprise, considering the fact that according to a recent report by Traffic -- a global wildlife trade watchdog associated with the World Wildlife Fund and the International Union for Conversation of Nature -- the rate of tiger poaching and trafficking has continued to rise, with 37 tigers found killed by poachers between 2000 and 2018. 

These numbers only tell part of the story: Experts say that 80% of poaching remains unreported, which hints at a problem that is far larger than we can imagine.

Clearly, this trend must be stopped. 

This is entirely possible -- just across the border, India’s tiger population has continued to rise over the years, increasing by 30% to almost 3,000. If they can protect their tigers, why can we not?

While there remains controversy regarding the exact number of tigers poached, whether or not our tigers need protection should be beyond debate: Not only are they a symbol that represents our great nation, they are an integral part of the Sundarbans and its eco-system.

As such, preservation of our tigers must be prioritized by the government. A big part of the problem remains the amount of resources provided to the authorities, and the loopholes in legislation which facilitate illegal trade. 

We must rectify these problems immediately, and punish to the full letter of the law anyone who tries to harm these precious creatures for personal gain.