17 Sep '11, 9pm

More captive tigers in the US (5,000) then in the wild (only 3,200 in world)! #SaveTigersNow

Captive tigers in the United States and their impact on tigers in the wild Did you know that there are more tigers in American backyards than there are in the wild around the world? The United States has one of the largest populations of captive tigers in the world − estimated at perhaps 5,000 tigers, compared to as few as 3,200 in the wild. They are found in backyards, urban apartments, sideshows, truck stops and private breeding facilities. In many jurisdictions, people can legally keep a tiger on their property without reporting it to local officials or neighbors. In some states, it is easier to buy a tiger than to adopt a dog from a local animal shelter. Rarely can officials determine how many tigers there are in captivity within state borders − or where they are, who owns them, or what happens to their body parts (highly prized on the black market) when they die. It’s...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/finder/tigers/captiv...

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