wildlife conservation

This morning, I read an article in today’s Straits Times’ Life! section on how the newly released movie Life of Pi helps to ‘focus people’s attention on the real-life plight of Bengal tigers’, that they ‘are under increasing threat from humans’, like poachers. Which got me thinking……

Very often, banning something only sends it underground where it can flourish with impunity. It is usually far better to let this thing remain legal and thus manage it appropriately. (A good negative example is Prohibition in the US.)

Somehow I think this is one of the main factors contributing to the continued illegal trafficking of animals and their parts. For is there any legitimate way to obtain new tiger skins or elephant tusks?

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