natgeo @natgeo @stevewinterphoto Months after the raid on the infamous Thai Tiger Temple that discovered frozen and bottled cubs, tiger skins and other contraband, plans for an offshoot tiger zoo move forward. In Thailand, many zoos, circuses and other tiger tourist attractions are fronts for commercial breeding operations that mass produce tigers for sale into an illegal international trade in their skins, bones, teeth and other body parts. These are luxury products—and China is the largest consumer. Read the Nat Geo piece by Sharon Guynup here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/02/wildlife-watch-tiger-temple-monks-trafficking-zoo/
This illegal trade drives poaching of wild tigers—and only about 3800 wild tigers remain. We need to fight for the right of tigers to live peacefully—without being killed for tiger bone wine, tiger skin furniture, jewelry made of teeth or claws or the traditional medicine market. Help stop the demand for endangered species! “When the buying stops, the killing can too” #wildaid
Our animal family is so much like us - they find mates, they have kids, they have to feed themselves and their families, in the same way we as humans used to! If we regard animals as sentient beings that think, feel and have emotions, maybe we can treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet.
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