In the 20th century the world already lost over 90 per cent of its tigers with current estimates indicating that there are only about 3,900 tigers left in the wild.
The relentless demand for tigers to be displayed commercially and traded for their body parts to be used in traditional Asian medicines significantly contributes to this decline. Legal commercial trade fuels the global demand for tigers and their body parts, which in turn also fuels illicit trade. It also makes illegal tiger trade easier as legal trade can easily pose as a cover for illegal trade.
For authorities it is near impossible to distinguish wild tigers from captive tigers, especially once they are killed and processed into tiger products. This poses a great threat to the last tigers in the wild to get poached for quick money. We will only end the illegal trade of tigers when we ensure there is no legal trade.
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