At the rate of 104 a year, 1,977 tigers were killed for their body parts between 2000 and 2018 across 32 countries and global territories. Another 382 were seized live.
In all, 2,300 tigers have been killed and illegally trafficked since the turn of the century, the report said. Around 40.5% of these were from India, said the report of the conservation group.
The group campaigns to protect endangered animals and help governments catch those who trade in their parts.
The report said in the long term (between 2000 and 2018) there is a “moderate” increase in the number of seizures in the 32 tiger range countries (TRC) but since 2015, there is a decreasing trend in these countries, indicating that enforcement and tiger conservation efforts were working.
The report shows that Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand are coming up as new markets for smuggled tiger body parts.
in addition to China, where tiger bones are an important ingredient for making traditional Chinese medicines.