Ahead of the International Tiger Day (ITD) on July 29 – activists(including me 🙂 ) from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) held a demonstration in front of the Delhi Zoo. It is being held in the wake of deaths of six tigers in the zoo within a span of six months. I was the active part of this demonstration and this was the learning experience for all of us.
We also urged the government to shift its focus to protecting tigers and other animals in their natural homes instead of pouring crores of rupees into keeping a few miserable animals jailed in zoos.
In Photo : Peta Activist, Pallavi Tyagi and Saurabh (Me)
“Tigers and other animals in zoos often express their frustration and loneliness through obsessive, repetitive and even self-destructive behavior such as constant pacing, circling, swaying, head-bobbing and even self-mutilation, a behavior not found among animals who roam around in the wild,”
“India has been home to tigers for a very long time. If one has seen a Tiger they are just awed by the beauty, power and aura of the magnificent beast. Tigers were found all over India and still as many as 16 States of India are home to the tigers. The census report released on 12th. February, 2008 by the Government of India reports that there are only 1411 tigers left. The population of the tiger has been reduced by nearly 50% and that too in a period of 6 to 7 years,” writes Valmik Hanmantu Tekam on the face book page dedicated to ITD.
But are they safe in their natural homes? NO ! Because the main reason for the population decrease of tigers in India is poaching, which has been on rise recently.
There is a slogan we have been hearing for quite some time, “If the buying stops, the selling will stop”
As Mr Valmik said, I also think that the rich people who are the only one who can afford buying the skins for their fancies are probably deaf, as they seem not to hear the slogan and get the message. Solution for this problem is that, poaching problem should be dealt with strictly by the Government of India and the concerned State Governments to save tigers.