Sunday, July 4, 2010

Bangladesh Raises Question of Tougher Laws to Save its Tigers

Bengal tiger

Bangladesh has come up with a topic of enforcing laws similar to the one's its neighbor India has, in order to save its tigers. Wildlife experts and enthusiasts persuaded the nation's government to revise the Wildlife Protection Act, in which poachers only end up serving two years in jail. Both India and Bangladesh share a complex and mysterious delta known as the Sunderbans, which is home to the largest number of Bengal tigers than anywhere else in the Indian Subcontinent. Although many of the tigers have earned an infamous reputation as man-eaters, they are still threatened like others. One of the issues that may lead to Sunderbans' tigers turning to humans is the depletion of prey species, which in this case, is spotted deer.

I sure hope that like India, Bangladesh will come up with a much stronger law with stiffer penalties in order to help save its tigers. Because even though they are man-eaters, they still count as threatened species in our world. And while it's clear that there are several factors which lead to them turning towards humans as prey, one of them happens to be loss of their natural prey species. This type of factor was also seen in the case of the Indian wolf.

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