Though the World Wildlife Fund reported last month that the number of tigers existing in the wild have increased from 3,200 in 2010 to approximately 3,890, the species still is being hunted to extinction in many countries. Police in Vietnam reported that on May 8, a wildlife trafficker was arrested in that country, trying to sell four frozen tiger cub carcasses on Facebook.
Reports indicate he purchased them on the Laos-Vietnam border and planned to sell them for approximately $360 to a buyer. Police caught the man while he was attempting to deliver the small frozen bodies to the buyer. The 26-year old man is accused of being a member of a wildlife trafficking ring and is being held for questioning.
Though various countries such as India, Russia, Nepal and Bhutan have rising wild tiger populations due to conservation and protection efforts there, Southeast Asian countries, such as Cambodia and Laos, offer no protections to these magnificent creatures. Vietnam has less than five, Laos has only two and they have disappeared from Cambodia entirely. The animal is hunted for its meat, skin and claws, while the bones are used for making glue, and are thought by some to have healing properties, though that has never been proven. The WWF urges you to take a stand by signing their petition here, and pledge your support to help stop demand for illegal wildlife parts. Elephants, rhino and tigers are the animals most highly sought by poachers; the public must demand their governments intercede to stop the trafficking in ivory, rhino horns and wild tigers.