April 19, 2007
|Tigers Headed For Extinction||Environment|
Hope is fading in the fight to save the tiger in India, the animal's last stronghold, according to Indian conservationists. Resurgent poaching and feeble official protection have combined to put the animal, India's national symbol, on the road to extinction, say the country's leading tiger experts...
Tiger numbers, which officially stand at nearly 4,000, are rapidly falling and may actually have dropped below 1,200, says Valmik Thapar, the conservationist who is the Indian tiger's best known champion. "I think we are living with the last tigers of India," he tells the BBC2 documentary, Battle To Save The Tiger.
The disappearance of India's wild tigers — one of the world's most charismatic animal species — would mark one of the most sinister milestones yet in the history of the degradation of the earth's environment by people. [Emphasis added]
Shame on us all.