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Indra Rajapakse
Indra Rajapakse

Why are the Chinese so moronic?I hate them for the way they treat these beautiful animals.Are they so uneducated that they believe there are special powers in Tiger parts and rhino horns.

Jay Dillon
Jay Dillon

Uncontrolled population growth (worldwide) > Uncontrolled Economic pressure > hyperexploitation > destruction of habitat > starvation > species extinction > biosphere instability > collapse of biomes > collapse of biosphere > mass extinctions > that's all folks!

Pat Maher
Pat Maher

apparently this is one of China's many dirty little secrets - I certainly don't blame the people - it lies somewhere in the powers that control China. - so sad. 

Mario Malo
Mario Malo

People in the orient eat anything that's how they are!!!

Jackie Elliott
Jackie Elliott

I'm very much disturbed by how "appreciating" an animal for its power and prestige can be expressed by pushing it further into extinction.

Shawn Keller
Shawn Keller

The government needs to impose a major penalty and incarceration for acts like these. I understand I may come from a different culture, but I feel these tigers should be protected to ensure these species do not become extinct.

Vaff Angool
Vaff Angool

@Mario Malo  

 "...that's how they are!!!"

Humans everywhere are omnivorous. Whales are hunted in Iceland and Norway; South Americans eat guinea pigs, the French eat horse; Africans eat primate "bush meat".

In the winter of 1941-1942 Leningrad police were forced to create a special division to combat cannibalism.

Poaching endangered species is a repugnant crime--and an especially pointless tragedy when it is motivated by the misguided beliefs of traditional Chinese "medicine"--but the solution is not additional ignorance and bigotry from the likes of you.

You are disgusting and your comments are of no value to anyone.

Karima Theresa Pragg
Karima Theresa Pragg

@Shawn Keller I agree. While we should appreciate diversity and exercise general tolerance of the practices of other cultures, I am against the slaughter of wild animals such as tigers for the consumption of exotic meats and medicinal practices. Tigers are on the endangered species list therefore efforts must be made to ensure the recovery of this and other endangered species.   

CJ Lowell
CJ Lowell

I'm over the acceptance of cultural "diversity... and tolerance of the practices of other cultures." I get outraged every time I hear about the decimation of endangered species (rhinos, tigers, bears...you name it) to feed the seemingly endless and ridiculous hunger for so-called Traditional (oops, I misspelled Chinese) medicine. I'm nauseated by the markets where animal parts can be bought to soothe a tummy ache or help some poor jerk get an erection. Rampant corruption interferes with and prevents species survival and recovery efforts. People that live in these cultures need massive education efforts to show them how they're sentencing the world's wildlife resources to extinction. I'm just saying.

sam Hartharn-Evans
sam Hartharn-Evans

@CJ Lowell in the case of the tigers then yes, they are endangered and the practice is threatening the species, however in most traditional cultures the hunted animal is in no way threatened by the hunting by traditional people alone. it only becomes an issue when western cultures exploit the resource, as has happened. What you are saying here is that the western culture is more valuable than that of traditional cultures, as if they cannot exist side by side, and as if ours is somehow better than theirs?


Vaff Angool
Vaff Angool

@Jaannasheen Zi @CJ Lowell  

Surely, slaying a poacher qualifies as retaliation for murder.

Any religion that values human poachers over the endangered creatures they destroy is of no use to decent people.

Vaff Angool
Vaff Angool

@CJ Lowell  

Respect for cultural diversity and folk traditions does not demand the preservation of every arbitrary practice--especially those that impose so high a cost and return nothing.

There is no value to the practice of destroying tigers and black rhinoceros in the name of human potency.

Jaannasheen Zi
Jaannasheen Zi

@CJ Lowell  leave the animals aside for a minute... some people go and bomb the middle eastern countries for ... well "Peace Keeping" as they like to justify there actions... animals are totally different level we have lost the respect for humanity... and these so called "Educated People" are no batter... well actually way worse than the ones that are killing Animals (not to say i am in any favor of them either) but to me killing anyone or anything for no reason is bad... no matter what others may say about it... 


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