|Friday, 01 June 2012 16:12|
SAVE supports tiger protection in India
Although the tiger in India is under the legal protection, dramatic reports on tigers killed in India seem to come thick and fast: In late April, a tiger was found dead with its legs caught in a steel trap. As a result the area is more strictly guarded and many poachers' traps were removed.
So after these dramatic events that seem to be a continuation of cruel series of poaching cases the SAVE Wildlife Conservation Fund decided to take an action and support the Saptuta Foundation financially, because the tiger is classified as threatened with extinction, according to the ICUN Red List. There are only 1200 – 1700 tigers on the entire Indian subcontinent.
The goal of both conservation foundations is to improve the tiger protection strategies that do not seem to work properly– although the Government of India claims that it is a matter of national policy.
Another problem is a conflict between farmers and predators, similar to that in Africa: prowling tigers are often poisoned, mostly by poor local farmers, who do not benefit in any way from tiger conservation and tiger tourism. One of the most important measures for protecting the wild cats is to involve the local communities. SAVE has made that experience when working on the big cats’ conservation projects in Africa and will further develop these ideas in collaboration with its partner foundation, the Saptuta Foundation.
Cruel series of poaching cases in India