Poaching's Criminal Element

Inside the illegal animal trade.

By Brad Kolllus and Susan Logan

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One hundred years ago, nine different types of tigers - the world's largest cat - roamed throughout Asia. Today, three of those tiger subspecies — the Bali, Javan and Caspian — are extinct. The remaining six tiger subspecies are in danger of becoming extinct largely because of human killing. The tiger is the most endangered of all the large wild cats in the world, with less than 5,000 remaining in the wild. Recently, the Indian government released figures that only 1,400 Bengal tigers live in India when the number was believed to be around 3,000.

Poaching is defined as the illegal hunting and killing of an animal. There are three main reasons tigers are poached.

**Get the June 2008 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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Elizabeth    Newburgh, NY

6/9/2008 9:19:52 AM

You begin the "Poaching's Criminal Element" (June 2008) with the quote, "God created domestic cats so that people might touch tigers," ascribed to Unknown. I have a poster of a kitten looking at a picture of a tiger with the quote, "God gave us the cat that we might caress the tiger," attributed to Mery. Though I don't know the writer, I wanted to share this quote, in case your other readers might know more about it. Thank you for such a great issue. As a long-time rescuer, I deeply appreciate the cat community's concern for rescuing the lost and unwanted relatives of the pets we so cherish.

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