Tiger conservation efforts get a boost
New Delhi (PTI): India’s efforts to save wild tigers received a major boost with an international body recently setting in motion the process to phase out commercial breeding of the Asian big cats in countries like China and Thailand.
The notification by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Genvea, which is a significant step in curbing poaching of tigers and the illegal trade in their body parts, comes despite China’s consistent opposition to the ban on tiger farming being carried out in a large scale for commercial purpose in that country.
In the notification, CITES, one of the world’s most powerful bodies for protection of bio-diversity, has asked member nations to prepare a detailed report on the steps they plan to take to curb tiger farming which has hampered tiger conservation efforts. India as well other nations such as Nepal and Bhutan had demanded ban on the tiger farming arguing that it was fuelling the illegal trade in tiger parts and bones as “killing a wild tiger is much cheaper than raising it in the farms.”
Calling the decision as a victory for tiger conservation efforts, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) chairperson Rajesh Gopal said, “it would go a long way to save the wild big cats.” The notification directs registration of captive tigers, meaning that they should be marked or microchipped with their age and sex being mentioned just as it is done while preparing a stud book in a zoo.