|Tiger in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India|
Among the recent cases in tiger poaching include one in India's Sariska National Park, where a tiger was poisoned and one shot dead by poachers in eastern Russia. According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the penalties for tiger poachers remain mild and the perpetrators should receive a maximum of three years behind bars and a fine of $20,000. In addition to that, a research provided by the World Wildlife Fund and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) showed that the border region between Burma, Thailand, and China plays a major role in the illegal trade of tiger body parts. Also, a report was published by the World Wildlife Fund and wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC saying that tiger body parts were being offered on black markets in the region, especially in parts of Burma where there is no direct government control.
I sure hope that the effect of this international conference will result in an increased protection for the world's tiger population, and intensify the battles against the poachers. According to Masha Vorontsova, director of IFAW Russia, the conference is the last chance for tigers. And I completely agree with that because I cannot see where the world will stand unless this meeting will turn to solid action and effective agreements to save the world's tiger population. Without the tiger, our world would change dramatically. However, I'm hopeful that the representatives from all thirteen Asian nations will come to an agreement to help save the world's tiger population. Also, with Ms. Hillary Clinton's presence, I hope that this will show how the U.S government will play a big role in pushing the conference forward.
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