In the Yunnan Province, a man has been sent to prison for eating a rare, maybe even the last, wild Indochinese tiger. Kang Wannian came across the tiger (seen here at right, photographed in 2007) at a nature preserve in the south-western part of China. He was there gathering freshwater clams, the tiger probably stopped to get a drink. One thing leads to another and…the tiger gets eaten, Wannian gets caught, and a punishment is given for 12 years in prison.
The four people who helped Kang Wannian chop up and hide the evidence eat the tiger have also been sentenced to four years. Because really, who gathers clams with a gun? And why kill and eat the animal when a few warning shots in the air would’ve scared it away? The poor, deceased tiger was the only known wild Indochinese existing today in China. Sadly, there are less than 1,000 Indochinese tigers left in the world. On the verge of extinction, the remaining few beautiful beasts can be found in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.
So instead of buying a stuffed animal for your favorite niece or nephew this holiday season, why not make a donation to saving a tiger? At World Wildlife Federation you can give a gift that also helps the planet. Think about it. It’s a win-win situation!