If You Can’t Protect Tigers In A Zoo, Where Can You Protect Tigers?

In India a tiger has been killed by poachers… inside a zoo!

“Police in India’s north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh are looking for a gang of poachers who entered a high-security zoo in the capital, Itanagar, and hacked a tiger to death.

Officials have ordered an investigation into the incident, which happened on Monday night.

The arrival of security guards prevented the poachers from carrying away the mutilated animal.”

As the numbers of these endangered animals dwindle in the wild, the growing price incentive is making the rewards more lucrative and the poachers more brazen. The killing of an animal in a zoo is unusual but in many parts of Africa poachers are armed to the teeth, including machine guns and grenade launchers!

The commonly accepted theory – that animals are safe in protected environments, only holds if the risk exceeds the rewards. And in many places that’s changing.

There are two options here: First, is to watch our world’s endangered fauna slowly hunted to extinction. The second, and I know this is very confronting and controversial to many people, is to allow Africa’s macro-fauna (tigers, rhinos, elephants, etc.) to be bred and ‘farmed’ like other animals are. The proceeds of such ‘farming’ would be a life blood to support those same endangered animals in the wild.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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