Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

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Save the tiger

A little while ago I wondered why, if tigers were endangered, people didn't just breed them?

Well, it turns out, they do. An article in The Economist says that there are 12,000 pet tigers in the US. That compares to only 510 in zoos, and only 5,000 to 7,000 in the wild, in their native Asian habitats.

Clearly, the true native habitat of the tiger is now the US.

You can buy one for $1,000. Some states regulate or ban exotic pets, but many don't. The Economist speculates that many are bought only to be raised to maturity and slaughtered for their skins, which are worth ten times as much as the tiger. Well, that's what we do to cows. Why don't we just legalize the whole business, and treat them like cows?

Some people wind up with more tiger than they bargained for, and the poor tigers wind up at Tiger Haven.

nao(ru), nao(su), su(gu), tada(chi)
meaning: fix, repair, soon, direct, upright
正直 == shoujiki == honesty
不正直 fushoujiki == dishonest
Originally written as 'eye' (目), and 'ten' (十), which originally meant 'needle'. Why the 'corner' radical was added is unclear. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic:  'Ten eyes fixed directly on the corner'.


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