Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sumatran Tigers 6 Humans 3
Pete brought up the topic of the tiger parts trade in Sumatra as another cause of tiger decline. Between habitat loss and hunting them for medicine, tigers have little chance of survival in the wild. The demise of wilderness and all that that word encompasses will one day will be seen as a desecration and destruction of the Garden of Eden. The paradox is that it is easier to destroy than create, ravage than preserve. But economically, it is much cheaper to preserve rather than recreate those priceless things which are lost. For all we know, this stimulus plan for tigers may be more effective than Obama's plan to save the banks. Or, it may be even more futile. It depends upon people and their values.
Another problem is the endemic corruption in Indonesia. Game wardens might accept bribes from poachers to turn a blind eye to poaching or even assist.
Orangatangs, also mainly in Indonesia, are poached for the illegal pet trade or burnt out by intentionally lit forest fires to clear the land for ranching.
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