This video is hard to watch. A group of villagers attack and kill a juvenile tiger with clubs. The reason they do it should be sobering to everyone. They do because the tiger has no value to them, only liability.
If they allow the tiger to grow up it will possibly kill their children or destroy their livelihood by eating their livestock. The tiger brings them nothing and only takes away.
Jens Ulrik Høgh explains in his Facebook post of the video how we can give the tiger value by regulated hunting.
What happens to wildlife without value?
Here is a very sad video of a rarely seen but common event all over the third world. Indian villagers are trying to club a subadult tiger to death because the animal is bothering them and holds no tangible value to them. Similar things happen in Africa and South America several times a day. Large predators are being snared, poisoned, and shot. In Europe, we more or less killed all the large predators a couple of hundred years ago, so we are no different…. just ahead.
The biggest threat to wildlife anywhere is the loss of value to local communities. Hunting adds value, which helps to protect the animals. These villagers would not attempt to kill this tiger if it was worth 50,000 $ to them…
You may ask: Why save the animal so that a hunter can pay to kill it?
It’s a fair question, and the answer is straightforward. If animals have a high value, then it pays off to protect entire populations and the necessary habitat – simply because hunting becomes a business, and everyone involved wants it to be sustainable to ensure future income. This supports entire eco-systems. Hunters will only be allowed to kill a small fraction of the population surplus every year.
WITHOUT value, every single predator is seen as the enemy and killed on sight. No habitat is set aside for the animals. No populations are protected.
Regulated hunting is the reason we have a great quantity of wildlife here in North America, but it also is responsible for saving many animals from extinction. One of the biggest success stories of all time is the story of the Astor markhor a hunter paid over $100,000 to kill one. Because of that price the local villagers protect them instead of killing them for meat.
In America, we are blessed that we do not live day to day wondering what we are going to eat. In many places across the world, they do not have that luxury.
An elephant can break into their garden and destroy a year’s worth of food in one night, or a lion can leave a family destitute by killing their flock of goats. Regulated hunting allows local people to benefit from wildlife.
In my book Why We Hunt, I explain the purpose of trophy hunting and how it is an essential part of conservation.