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Vanity skin trade killing tigers!

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posted on Nov, 26 2004 @ 10:11 AM
Leave it to human vanity and greed, yet another species of animals facing extinction, because of our stupidity and selfishness! Only the human race is stupid enough to hunt a species to extinction.

HANOI, Vietnam (Reuters) -- The world's tiger population has plummeted by 95 percent from the start of the 20th century to as few as 5,000 now and is further threatened by the lucrative trade in their skins, officials told a forum on Friday.In Asia, tiger skins can sell for $15,000. In Vietnam, a skeleton -- the bones widely believed by Asians to be an aphrodisiac -- can fetch as much as $25,000.

"It is believed that about 100 years back, the global population of wild tigers was about 100,000," Dey said. "However, the population dwindled to 8,000 by 1960. Today it stands at around 5,000 to 7,000."

All because we want that coat, there is no logical reason for this! This once proud creature is going to be wiped off the face of the earth.When will we learn?

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