The trade in Tigers continues with shady deals done out of the back doors of the dysfunctional zoos.
Sri Racha Tiger Zoo has hundreds of Tigers and continues to breed them in large numbers. They are not alone. There is the Tiger Temple, Tiger Kingdom, Million Years Stone Park amongst many others.
Just where are all the animals going? There is no mass die off, no tiger plague. These are not short lived animals. The numbers increase every year. They are not being released to the wild and there is only a limited number of zoos who need generic inbred tigers and most of these have them anyway.
Todays Bangkok Post (Monday 27th June 2011) presents these interesting figures in an article entitled 'Wildlife muggling trails go even deeper' by Wassayos Ngamkham.
A Tiger is worth 1,000.000 Thai Baht because all its parts can be used.
The skin itself can be worth hundreds of thousands of Thai Baht dependent on colour and size.
A Tiger penis will sell for between 30,000 and 50,000 Thai Baht.
Meat and Bones will fetch prices of 5,000 and 6,000 Thai Baht per kilo.
Cost of the blood is negotiable and is sometimes used in the preparation of Yaa Dong.
Teeth and claws are sold as separate items and used in the making of amulets.
Now it may seem that there is a large and obvious trade in Tiger parts in Thailand but there isn't. Tigers are slipping out the back door, leaving the country. Some years back there were plans to microchip every tiger in captivity in Thailand. It would be interesting to know just how many have been done up to now.
Note: At todays exchange rate you will get 30.9 Thai Baht for $1 and 49.4 Thai Baht for £1
Now you can work out just how much a tiger is worth.
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