Letter: A market for tigers

| 20th January 2010
Tiger farming

The reality of tiger farming. Image: Save the Tiger Fund

Freedom Alliance director argues that overturning the ban on the sale of tiger parts would safeguard their future

Dear Editor,
There are now fewer than 50 wild tigers left in China, and fewer than 4,000 in the world.  We are all greatly concerned about this.
For decades we have tried to ban the sale of tiger parts.  The ban has been a complete failure.  Yet somehow we persist in it. Will we perisist in a failed policy until there are no wild tigers left ?
If farming tigers were allowed, the market price would plummet.  If the price sinks below the price to poach a wild one, the pracise will stop.  It has been done for other animals such as the once endangered crocodiles.  What is so different about tigers?
A peristent concern is the welfare of the tigers at tiger farms.  But surely legal farms would be more easy to police than the excisting illegal ones?
Cllr JP Floru
Director of Freedom Alliance


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