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Vietnam police seize tiger carcass from restaurant: When will responsible humans confront selfish species destroyers?

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Vietnam police seize tiger carcass from restaurant: When will responsible humans confront selfish species destroyers?

Post by ROB on Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:41 am


Vietnam police seize tiger carcass from restaurant
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AP - 3 hrs ago

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Police have confiscated the carcass of an endangered wild tiger from a Hanoi restaurant where it was being boiled down to make an expensive traditional medicine.

The Tuoi Tre newspaper said restaurant owner Nguyen Thi Thanh was rendering the animal to make tiger bone paste - which sells for a few hundred dollars per ounce ($1,000 per 100 grams) and is used as a traditional pain killer.

Full story: http://news.yahoo.com/vietnam-police-seize-tiger-carcass-restaurant-074250404.html
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The cultural connection between endangered species’ possible extinction and the irresponsible and, in my opinion, immoral behavior of peoples of certain cultures in putting their own selfish desires (in this case, apparently for tiger bone paste) ahead of conservatorship is a known fact that seems to be swept “under the rug” in the “names” of cultural diversity and political correctness.

When will responsible humans begin to confront selfish species destroyers regarding their behavior?
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Post by oftenwrong on Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:11 pm

"Bush Meat" is available to diners in the UK in several restaurants. Obviously it is delivered frozen, but where such things are on the Menu they include kangaroo, ostrich, biltong, crocodile and maybe some things you might not want to think about.

I'm not sure how I'd know whether I was really served what the menu described.
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Post by astra on Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:49 pm

WAITRESS!!!!!

I'll have Crocodile with chips!!

Make it snappy!

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Post by Shirina on Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:01 pm

Make it snappy!
I would prefer it if my crocodile was decidedly UNsnappy. I value my appendages.
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Post by ROB on Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:07 pm


“Tigers are one of the Earth's fastest disappearing species. At the beginning of this century there were about 100,000 wild tigers. Today there are less than 2,500! Originally, there were nine subspecies of tiger - 3 of which are now extinct. The 6 remaining tiger species: Amur (Siberian), Malayan, South China, Indo-chinese, Royal Bengal and Sumatran all have very shaky futures… They are disappearing from the wild because of: Poaching - Humans are illegally hunting tigers” (The Insite, http://www.theinsite.org/earth/earth_es_tiger.html).
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Post by Shirina on Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:59 pm

Another thing that irritates me about "tiger bones" is this nonsense belief that tiger bones actually work as a pain reliever. There is no reason whatsoever to believe that a tiger bone is any better at relieving pain than any other type of bone. But, because it's a tiger bone, they can charge exorbitant prices. If you could grind up a mouse bone, how much money do you think they'd make?

So these poor noble cats are being slaughtered for a) a remedy that probably doesn't even work and b) to further the self-enlightened financial advancement of some schmucks with dollar signs in their eyes.

It's not that I would condone the slaughter of rare tigers for any reason, but this isn't even for a good cause.
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Post by oftenwrong on Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:21 pm

We should all deplore the disappearance of species from the Earth due to predatory humans, but there is more than one view of such matters. British farmers would like to eliminate badgers, which they believe spread sickness among cattle. The soft cuddly tiger of Cornflake adverts and Disney films is less valued in remote villages of India where the animal has a less than amusing tendency to eat people.
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Post by ROB on Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:25 pm


Shirina,

What you’ve mentioned is precisely the type of culturally-excused behavior that’s pushing tigers to extinction. All one need do is pay attention to National Geographic Channel (and NatGeo Wild), Animal Planet, PBS, and other outlets that air documentary pieces about tigers to know that if tigers go extinct, it will be humans who did it. And there’s no excuse.
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