Shoot us with cameras, not guns

Hi humans!!! You all observe the international Tiger’s day on July 29th every year. But how many of you know what it is for? What about knowing us? Do you really know us?

We have been one of the big five game animals of Asia. Your ancestors used to hunt our ancestors on a large scale in the early 19th and 20th centuries. Among many bad practices, this hunting also, unfortunately, was recognised and admired as a sport by the British in India.

The misconceptions and beliefs are not just historical. Many Asians communities still believe that our body parts have medicinal properties. Although there is no scientific evidence to support these beliefs, and trading in our body parts is illegal; I hear that there still exists a big black market for this business. Do you think our teeth can cure your headache? C’mon humans!!!

Usually, we avoid interactions with your types. If you’ve heard of any attacks, they are usually provoked because we – the tigers – lash out after being injured. Attacks can be provoked accidentally, as when a human surprises a tiger or accidentally comes between a mother and her young ones. But that’s a natural human tendency also, right? Won’t you like to protect your kids from a sudden surprise?

Imagine the irony of my species – we are endangered, our hunting is banned, we have no medicinal value – but still animals of your species are hunting us.

We have always been revered as a majestic creature, some of your honourable forefathers and wild-life enthusiasts have appreciated our beauty and our need for protection. We are a critical element in the jungle food chain and life-cycle, and hence definitely worth protecting.

So please help to do your bit, and save us from yourselves.

 “Shoot us with cameras, not guns.”