By Chris Tackett
The World Wildlife Fund has released an excellent five-part video series on the poaching crisis. Yesterday, I shared their video on how rhino poaching has gone up 5000% since 2007. In this video, WWF explains how consumer demand for tiger parts and furs have led to a decrease in the number of tigers in the wild rom around 100,000 to just an estimated 3,200 today.
Two of the six remaining subspecies of tigers are Critically Endangered. Every part of the tiger—from whisker to tail—is traded in illegal wildlife markets. Poaching is the most immediate threat to wild tigers. In relentless demand, their parts are used for traditional medicine, folk remedies, and increasingly as a status symbol among wealthy Asians. And in recent years, live tiger cubs are being targeted to meet a rising demand for exotic pets.
Wildlife crime is dead serious. This low-risk, high-profit crime threatens some of the world's best-loved species and the rangers that protect them.
The #StopWildlifeCrime series looks at how elephants, rhinos, tigers and humans are being killed to fuel consumer demand for ivory, rhino horn, furs and other animal parts.
Here's how WWF summarizes the series:
"Illegal wildlife trafficking is one of the world's top criminal activities — ranked alongside drugs, arms, and human trafficking. The international crime syndicates running this trade are lining their pockets with billions of dollars, while they slaughter animals at rates never seen before, threaten lives, and even impact global security.
WWF is at the forefront of the fight to stop wildlife crime. Recently, we urged Thailand to ban its ivory trade and secured strong action from champions such as President Obama. But our work is not done. Together we can make it possible for elephants to keep their ivory, rhinos their horns, and tigers their skins."