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Local Usage of Tiger Parts and Its Role in Tiger Killing in the Bangladesh Sundarbans

Saif, Samia, Russell, Aal M., Nodie, Sabiha I., Inskip, Chloe, Lahann, Petra, Barlow, Adam, Greenwood Barlow, Christina, Islam, Md. A., MacMillan, Douglas C. (2015) Local Usage of Tiger Parts and Its Role in Tiger Killing in the Bangladesh Sundarbans. Human Dimensions of Wildlife: An Interdisciplinary Journal, . pp. 1-16. ISSN 1087-1209. E-ISSN 1533-158X. (doi:10.1080/10871209.2015.1107786) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:54463)

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This article explored the local medicinal and traditional values of tiger parts and associated beliefs, and its link to the commercial trade in the Bangladesh Sundarbans. Using semi-structured qualitative interviews with 139 respondents, we found that the local use of, and belief in, the medicinal values of tiger parts is widespread and that virtually all parts of the tiger are used. Some of the local uses of tiger parts were unique in both the way and the purpose of use. For example, the soil of tiger pugmark was consumed by the women as a means of contraception. We established that local usage may be a significant threat to the tiger population of south Asia as it motivates stray tiger killing for collecting tiger parts for both local use and commercial demand, and provides the opportunities for poachers and the commercial trade to flourish.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/10871209.2015.1107786
Uncontrolled keywords: Bangladesh Sundarbans, qualitative research, tiger, tiger trade, traditional medicine
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Douglas MacMillan
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2016 11:47 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 11:00 UTC
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