• Nagasaki

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Regarding Gautaman Bhaskaran’s June 19 article, “Poachers driving Indian tigers into oblivion“: The arguments put forward here are false. According to the World Wild Life Organization, there are more than 10,000 tigers in the wild and more than 6,000 still in India. There are too many tigers in India, not too few. Tigers and other violent animals are not needed in the forests of a country. These violent disgusting creatures should be eliminated to make more land available for the growing population of India, where too little land is available for industry and agriculture.

Tigers do not serve any purpose except for Chinese medicines. Project Tiger is nothing but an imperialistic burden imposed upon India by its former colonial master. It is not true that elimination of tigers or other violent creatures will damage the ecology. Former tiger-infested areas like Turkey or Bali are perfect examples of how the elimination of tigers can improve the environmental attractiveness of a country. It is essential that India close down Project Tiger to save taxpayer money, which should be better spent on social services for human beings.

dipak basu

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