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Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Tigers have been an integral part of the world’s fragile ecosystem for thousands of years. Their prominence transcends size, stature, and veritable strength. Particularly for the peoples of Southeast Asian states, the tiger’s role in cultural tradition and economic livelihood has been pivotal in the region’s development, particularly over the past few decades. Today, with the species rapidly depleting, policy-makers are hurriedly trying to combat the illegal poaching and trafficking of tigers, which is a leading cause of their demise. International legislation calling for the illegality of trading exotic wildlife has not been entirely successful in curtailing the trade. This dissertation will examine the root causes of the tiger trade in Southeast Asia and beyond. It will shed light on the reasons for why the trade persists, and will attempt to propose perspectives from which policy-makers, suppliers, and consumers should address in effectively confronting this global crisis.
Carroll, Jenna E., "The End of a Reign: How Economics and Cultural Tradition Have Caused the Tiger's Demise". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2012.
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