The battle protecting wild tigers from extinction, rangers risk their lives to stop poachers from killing the world’s last remaining tigers. But when tiger parts--pelts, bones, teeth, even whiskers--can be sold for huge sums on the black market, hunting is alluringly profitable and hard to stop.
Why are endangered Tigers killed for their skins & parts?
As is the case with rhino horn and elephant ivory, tiger skins and other parts are considered luxury and prestigious items in many cultures, and therefore command a huge price, both legally in countries such as China, and illegally on the black market around the world.
In order to satisfy the demand for these products, endangered animals including tigers, elephants, rhinos, and bears are being slaughtered for their parts.
Tigers are killed for these products by one of two methods: they either fall victim to illegal tiger poaching in the wild or are bred on tiger farms in China and killed in captivity to satisfy demand within domestic markets. Traditionally, products from wild tigers are seen to be more authentic and potent, and as such command a higher price. Therefore, products from captive bred tigers will never satisfy the demand for those from wild tigers, and the illegal tiger trade continues to be a lucrative industry.
The Javan tiger was last recorded in the 1970s, the Caspian tiger was lost in the 1950s, and the Bali tiger became extinct in the 1930s, That is sad