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Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Shafqat Hussain

Second Advisor

Janet Bauer

Third Advisor

Vijay Prashad


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.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Accessible to members of the Trinity community only.