If only Tigers were TASTY!

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  1. fivepoint macrumors 65816

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    John Stossel's unique approach for saving the engangered Tiger population. Looking for thoughts from the community. Sure is an unique/intriguing idea! :eek:

    http://abcnews.go.com/2020/AmazingAnimals/story?id=7529068&page=1

    http://townhall.com/columnists/JohnStossel/2009/05/13/eat_the_tigers!

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/b...an-the-free-market-save-tigers-fro-2009-05-12
     
  2. hulugu macrumors 68000

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    Ah Stossel...

    Just glancing at the idea I can see a number of problems:

    1. Tigers are carnivores, which means simply that to feed the tigers we'd be feeding them animal protein to get tiger-stripped animal protein.
    2. Tigers are predators and unlike Bison, as herbavores are fairly docile if left undistrubed, tigers will hunt and kill their handlers unless fed sufficient amounts of animal protein. Maybe the Bison?
    3. As Tigers are hunters, to be "free-range" they would need thousands of acres of land, or they would have to contained in a zoo-like enclosure which would hurt their muscle development and make them less tasty.
    4. Tigers are all already experiencing market-forces, having lost land to development throughout Asia, and numbers to the strange Asian aphrodisiac market.
     
  3. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816

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    1) Yeah, but we can feed them more abundant protein, so that we can let this endangered protein live! Right??? For example, we have a rampant deer problem here in Iowa. Free food for the endangered Tigers!
    2) EXACTLY! Feed them the bison! :) LOL! :D
    3) Yeah, but veal is very tender and tasty. They don't let those little critters move hardly at all! Small enclosures is exactly what we'll have to do. Keep that meat nice, fat, and tender.
    4) Well, that's the whole reason for the problem. That's his point... that because it's illegal to do business with them, the Black market is the only market which causes numbers to diminish.

    FYI, in case there are those out there who have difficulty with humor in words... rest assured this entire conversation is meant to be light-hearted and fun. Don't take it too seriously.
     
  4. hulugu macrumors 68000

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    If you can feed them humans, I'm on board, they're abundant enough. It's not cannibalism if it's been metabolized by another creature right?

    Reading the Scientific American article, it appears that Stossel wants to create a market for tiger "parts" most often tiger penises which are often ground into a powder and sold in Asia as an aphrodisiac, rather than eat the tigers.

    It's an interesting idea, but I think the idea of creating ecological tourism might be more beneficial to the tiger and the animals' habitat.

    The real issue for endangered animals is often the pressures of habit contraction as humans turn forests into farm-land. This pressure makes other problems, including disease and poaching into grave threats.

    Ultimately, the tiger does need help, but I'm not sure if turning Tigger into veal burgers is the best step.
     
  5. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816

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    1) I think that's a fair assumption. Sure would cut down on death-row expenditures. I mean, if you're going to do it, why not give the man an opportunity to fight to the death with a tiger or two. We can even charge admission and MAKE money on the thing. We could run the entire prison system at a profit!

    2) "So... you're saying, there's a chance!?!?" :)
     
  6. Desertrat macrumors newbie

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    "Raising tigers for fun and profit". Ah, yessssss. Well, mountain lion meat is superb, but I ain't knowledgeable about Tigger.

    I once met a guy near Austin, Texas, who was licensed to have big cats and other exotics. He bought pickup-truck loads of cases of frozen chicken to feed them. Probably would mean a seriously high price per pound of steak.

    I can envision the wonderful furor if you proposed feeding your tigers from the overly-large Bambi population extant in some areas. Tigerphiles vs. PETA? I guess we could let them choose up sides and smell armpits or something...

    I wonder why there is still any demand for aphrodisiacal animal parts? Haven't they heard about Viagra and Cialis?

    'Rat
     
  7. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Soylent Green, without the machinery or the need for a light show.

    Excellent.

    After the death-row appetisers fizzle out, we can move on to countries that can't feed their populations now. But hurry, before they lose too much muscle mass.
     

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