Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Preserve Bengal tigers

One hundred years ago, more than 100,000 Bengal tigers roamed this earth; the current population has dwindled to less than 2,500. The topic I would like to discuss is the danger Bengal tigers are facing, which is possible extinction.

The Bengal tiger is an endangered species that lives in Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Myanmar. If Bengal tigers do eventually become extinct, this will have a tremendous impact on humans.

The Bengal tiger is a vital link to maintaining the rich diversity of nature. According to the World Wildlife Organization, with just one Bengal tiger, 25,000 acres of land is saved. Those acres of land are valuable ecosystems, which provide humans and nature with water, food, and health.

Even though I live in State College, and there are no Bengal tigers in our area, they still benefit me in numerous ways. There needs to be a policy to protect these magnificent creatures. I believe that every country where Bengal tigers reside should follow Nepal’s policy that was enacted in 2010. The government of Nepal announced three commitments they were going to make in order to save the tiger population, which are for the government to educate park rangers by providing them resources, reinforce that the local citizens should become involved, and protect their habitats in the forest while still fighting the issue of poaching.

The main goal of the Tx2 campaign is for the tiger population to double by the year 2022, which is the year of the tiger.

Morgan Kaluza

State College