Tigers on “path to extinction”

Increased poaching, habitat destruction and poor conservation efforts by governments are leading the world's wild tigers down a "catastrophic" path to extinction, a new report has said.
The report, titled "The Fate of Wild Tigers", published in the June edition of BioScience journal, says countries such as India are inadequately implementing conservation policies and mismanaging funds set aside for the survival of the big cats.
"While the tiger as a wild species will most likely not go extinct within the next half-century, its current trajectory is catastrophic," said the report, authored by 16 wildlife experts.
” Despite widespread trade bans, poaching remains a serious problem where products made from tigers, such as skins and bones used in traditional Chinese medicines, are coveted by consumers in China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the United States.
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