Poaching of Tigers Threatens Extinction


Original artwork by Camila Hernandez Rendon of a tiger skull

Camila Hernandez Rendon, Student Journalist

The definition of poaching is to illegally hunt or catch animals. For this article specifically, I will be talking about tigers and how they are in danger of going extinct because of poaching. According to Panthera.org, “As recently as 100 years ago, upwards of 100,000 wild tigers roamed across Asia. Today, about 3,900 tigers are left in the wild.” This shows how fast tigers are going extinct.

By 2041, all tigers will go to extinct according to predictions on Panthera.org. That means in the next 20 years there will be no tigers around the world. Tigers are illegally killed or poached because their pelts are valuable on the black market. These pelts may be used as coats, carpets, or decoration. In addition, their parts are used for traditional medicine, folk remedies, and increasingly as a status symbol among some Asian cultures. 

I believe that they shouldn’t kill tigers for their fur or  for anything about them. It’s selfish to hunt endangered animals for vanity items. Tiger poaching should be illegal all around the world. If this keeps happening all tigers can go extinct, which will then affect different types of animals.

To help, some good organizations to follow are VETPAW (Veterans to Protect African Wildlife), SaveWildTigers.org, and Panthera.org.