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Posted Mon Jul 20 2009: from
Just 1000 tigers left in India
A century ago, India had about 40,000 tigers. By 1988, as a result of extensive hunting and poaching, there were just 4,500 left. Now the true figure is probably 1,000.... The decline is said to be largely down to poachers serving an insatiable demand for tiger bones, claws and skin in China, Taiwan and Korea, where they are used in traditional medicine. Other factors include electric fences erected by farmers, illegal logging and fights between male tigers over diminishing territory.... Just before my visit a gang had been caught with seven tiger skins. I was told that the men involved were from Tamil Nadu in the south and that they had struck -- with local help -- on the orders of a Nepalese-based gang.
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'Doc Jim says:
A whole thousand? That's practically metric!
Tiger, tiger, once burned bright
in the forest of the night
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
Just the hand or eye of greed
Extinction not by word, but deed.

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