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On Christmas Day, the same day the tragic tiger event happened at the San Francisco Zoo, a horrific story seemed to fall through the cracks.
Tiger Found Shot To Death in Dallas, TX, the same day an escaped tiger in California kills one teenager and mauls two others.
By DAVID SCHECHTER / WFAA-TV DALLAS – Sanitation crews in Dallas made a shocking discovery after they received a call about a dead animal on Christmas Day.
A female Bengal tiger was found dead when the crews searched a wooded area near Interstate 35E and Overton Road. A city spokesperson said the tiger was shot several times. The animal, which was declawed and wearing a make-shift leash, was taken to the Dallas Zoo.
A necropsy, the animal version of an autopsy, was completed at the zoo early Thursday evening. The tiger was estimated to be around one-year-old and weighed about 180 pounds. Shell casing were found in the tiger’s chest and face. In all, there were five bullet entries. Chuck Siegel, deputy director of the Dallas Zoo, said he believes the tiger may have become more than the owner could handle.
“I find it very, very disturbing to see the nature of the collar-leash, which looks more like a bicycle cable than anything else,” he said. “And this rusted wire, which is tangled around the leash, is obviously very hazardous.”
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the United States Department of Agriculture are investigating the incident and searching for the owner of the tiger.
***BIG CAT RESCUE IS OFFERING A $5,000.00 REWARD FOR INFORMATION RESULTING IN THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THE PERSON OR PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR KILLING THE FEMALE TIGER WHO WAS FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN DALLAS, TEXAS ON CHRISTMAS DAY.
EMAIL INFO AT: INFO@BIGCATRESCUE.ORG
No one knows for sure how many tigers are in private hands in the US because no agency tracks that information other than Big Cat Rescue and we can only do so by gathering information from public reports.
Experts agree that the number could be as few as 5,000 up to as many as 15,000, but what we all agree on is that there should be mandatory reporting to protect the public and the animals.
At the time of this incident there are only 1,200 to 1,500 tigers left in the wild and they are being poached at a rate of one per day. None of the tigers bred in captivity are candidates for repopulating the wild however because there is no habitat for them. Until the human population explosion in their native range is brought under control there is no reason to be breeding tigers in captivity.
According to reports on Big Cat Rescue, several captive big cat incidents happened in just the last few months.
The Dallas Christmas killing seems to be a case of the owner killing his overgrown pet.
In sanctuaries tigers have lived more than 26 years, as compared to 15 in the wild. Tigers only live 10-12 years in zoos.
Last year alone, there were more than 210 million wild animals imported to the United States for zoos, exhibitions, food, research, game ranches and pets.
Many carry infectious diseases that can jump to humans (Zoonotic), including
West Nile fever
Bolivian hemorrhagic fever
Herpes B virus (extremely dangerous to humans)
H5N1 bird flu virus
50 million people worldwide have been infected with zoonotic diseases since 2000 and as many as 78,000 have died.
Five of the six diseases the CDC regards as top threats to national security are zoonotic.
A wild animal will be in the bush, and in less than a week it’s in a little girl’s bedroom,” said Darin Carroll, a disease hunter with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Predictions have been made that the Royal Bengal tiger could be extinct by 2010. Ironically, this is the next ‘Year of the Tiger’.
The exponential growth of the human population, from 1 billion in 1900 to 6.5 billion in 2006, has led to major ecologic changes and drastic wildlife habitat reduction. Many examples of the emergence or reemergence of zoonoses related to human encroachment on wildlife habitats exist, including tuberculosis.
There are about 10,000 exotic cats living in captivity in this country, bought and sold through this exotic animal trade.—and remember, less than 5,000 are left in the wild!
There are more tigers in backyards across this country than in all the zoos together. The exotic animal trade is a 17 Billion dollar a year industry second to drugs and weapons
Though no truly accurate global numbers exist, conservationists estimate that 5,000 tigers remain in the wild. About 150 years ago, 100,000 tigers may have roamed throughout much of Asia, according to some estimates.
The tiger is endangered in all of its natural habitats, a range stretching from India down into Southeast Asia as far as the island of Sumatra, and in the Russian Far East.
The Tiger Farms of China-where tigers are bred and slaughtered.
Warning! Graphic photos!
–>Tiger Farm Media Kit For Journalists
This video contains a selection of tiger farm images from the Xiongsen Bear
and Tiger Mountain village in Guilin, China. Farms like these are selling tiger bone wine and other products, and lobbying for the lifting of a 14-year ban on trade in tiger parts that would re-ignite demand for tiger parts that could jeopardize wild tiger populations. Tigers raised on these farms are weak and malnourished, kept in cages from birth to death. Poaching wild tigers is a lot less expensive than raising these farmed animals, and if the ban on the trade is lifted, it’ll be like declaring open season on wild tigers.
Images are from the International Tiger Coalition and may be freely used to illustrate any articles or reports on the issue, but please give appropriate credit to Save The Tiger Fund.
Stockpiles of Dead Tigers Should be Destroyed, Experts Urge China 27 July 2007, Beijing – Disturbing new images of tiger carcasses piled
up in cold storage at one of Chinas largest “tiger farms” raise
questions about enforcement of tiger trade bans in effect in China and internationally.
HARBIN, June 17 (Xinhua) — Eighty-four cubs of Siberian tiger, one of the most endangered animals in the world, have been born since March this year at a breeding center in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province.
The Siberian tiger breeding center plans to train and release 620 Siberian tigers into the wild in the future, according to Liu Dan, an official with the Hengdaohezi Feline Breeding Center.
Editor: Yao Siyan
The breeding center also expects 20 to 30 more cubs to be born by October. Xinhua – English
New Threat faces Wild Tiger Populations from Re-Opening of Trade in Tiger Parts
Science Daily – The Hague — In the cover story of this months BioScience journal, leading tiger experts warn that if tigers are to survive, governments must stop all trade in tiger products from wild and captive-bred sources, as well as ramp up efforts to conserve the species and their habitats. The paper, “The Fate of Wild Tigers,” describes the wild tigers population decline as “catastrophic” and urges international cooperation to ensure the animals continued existence in the wild.
Habitat loss and intense poaching of tigers and their prey, combined with inadequate government efforts to maintain tiger populations, have resulted in a dramatic reduction in tiger numbers. These big cats now occupy just 7 percent of their historical range, according to the BioScience paper. And the possibility that China could reopen trade in parts harvested from farmed tigers represents a new threat, the authors say. ScienceDaily: Viable Tiger Populations, Tiger Trade Incompatible
Four decades ago, approximately 4,000 South China tigers lived in the wild. Today there are only about 30. An additional 64 live in 19 zoos in China.
The tigers are in more danger of extinction than China’s most famous animal, the giant panda, according to Cai Qinhui, chief veterinarian of Guangzhou Zoo in southern China’s Guangdong Province. China’s Tigers.
Li Quan, a native of Beijing, former head of Gucci’s worldwide licensing business, founded –>Save China’s Tigers, in 2000. Photos of Li Quan, and her Chinese Tigers in South Africa
Fascinating Photos from Save China’s Tigers website. How interesting, these Chinese tigers actually have slanted eyes. Or am I imagining it?