Money is more valuable than people! Cash retention worth more than human life!
I wonder what the response would be if I posted something like that on a thread discussing a homeowner shooting a thief sneaking into his garage to steal his car, or a bank guard shooting a perp who snatched money. After all, is money 'worth a human life?'
These tigers are THE key hard currency resource for these areas, and in some places the only hard currency resource. Every tiger killed is an economic blow to the people, and one that cannot be afforded. In India, the lions of Gir forest (the home of the Asiatic lion and the only place one can find them outside Africa) they had to take similar steps to save the population - and the tourism that stems from it.
As for your later comments on how tigers should be killed since they 'eat people' (amazing logic!) I wonder if the same applies to deer (145 Americans per year) or dogs (which kill more humans than all big cats from all continents combined)?
Anyways - these 'liberal' measures are supported by the local communities who clearly understand that tourists will not spend their hard earned dollars and Euros to look at trees - but will do so to see tigers.
Absolutely - this is not the same as the Western US where wildcats, mountain lions, pumas, and the like are more and more frequently killing pets and then people because the enviro-leninists stop their management. This is regarding wildlife preserves where the cats are SUPPOSED to be.
And don’t think that any of those poachers would lose a minutes sleep over killing any and all forest agents who try to stop them. This just gives them freedom to do their jobs without fear of being second guessed when they return from the field with the body of the poacher strapped to their jeeps.
What we should be doing on the southron bordor.
“These tigers are THE key hard currency resource for these areas, and in some places the only hard currency resource.”
How silly of me, to forget that these peoples didn’t survive before eco-tourism came to their hovels. “Every tiger killed is an economic blow to the people, and one that cannot be afforded.”
Seems your MBA must have been from an urban institute with more than the usual share of the socialism infected Academented on the faculty. As a soi dissant management expert, shouldn’t you know that most ecotourism dollars stay in the hands of the tour operators, NOT the peasents on the tiger’s menu?
Do do consider the logic flaw in your conflation of a citizen using lethal force to defend his property or his life with an Indian peasent with no gun, forced by far away liberals and ‘crats to be risk on a daily basis being eaten by tigers so than rich Americans and Eurotrash can safely view the man eaters.
The peasent is disarmed! And, if he did have a gun and shot a threatening tiger, said peasent would be jailed and his family left to starve.
Much like American are forced by the treasonous in agencies to quarter wild beasts on their land, suffer the beasts to “eat out their (land owners) substance”, and all the while having to pay taxes on lands effectively devaluated by takings without compensation.
Your argument seems to be that tourism based on keeping man eating beasts is OK.
It is not.
Since you appear to be unaware of large cat behavior, when such cats learn what wolves in America were taught by the Settlers “nearly every man and boy carried a rifle” to avoid man, men women and children walked the land unmolested by wolves. Yet there were wolves, but the surviving wolves knew their place in the food chain.
Teach the same lesson to the “Lions of Gir forest” and assorted other ambulatory, unharvested, fur rugs why they must fear men, and the local poor inhabitants will be safe.
Your precious Urban eco-tourists can still watch a tiger which knows its place on the food chain by viewing a staked out animal under a blind. That is how man got a clear sight, followed by a clear shot at, such beasts throughout history.
Walking up on a large cat is a tad difficult due to their hearing, sense of smell, vision, etc. Please don’t bother to mention viewing from a howdah, as that works for cats accustomed to the dangers of man as taught by gunpowder just as well as as it does for the enviro-approved “fearless, wild, beast”.
PS It works for camera shooters as well as for real shooters.