Animal Rescue League of Boston
every part of the tiger is believe to have a therapeutic effect: whiskers relieve the pain of toothache, the eyeballs help to control epilepsy and tiger penis soup aids virility. The bone in particular is highly prized for its action against arthritis and for increasing male potency. " These parts, in addition to their coats,
blood, gall bladder and meat are harvested and used in medicines or sold. So what can forensic science do for these tigers? Most importantly, they need a protection plan, which they have, that will include sever punishment such as hefty fines, or even jail time for those caught poaching these body parts. Fortunately, CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna & Flora) has given them their highest level of protection. Then, wildlife forensics laboratories use various means to link suspects to animal victims and crime scenes, including morphology, analytical chemistry and most importantly, in my opinion, DNA analysis. I can describe these methods in detail in another article, however, they can be used to prove that the meat, or the powder, or whatever body part found in a hunters basement or being sold as a remedy was indeed that of an endangered tiger species. Hopefully, conservation efforts in addition to forensics efforts can aid in helping this magnificent creature avoid extinction so in the future, we don't have to refer to the cereal box if we want to see a tiger. Throughout the nation there is an important struggle taking place. This struggle is the fight to save wildlife and the habitat they depend on for survival. There
are many partners in this struggle, including the United States Fish and Wildlife Services, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and state wildlife agencies.