Statistical: tigers

A single statistic, in isolation, sometimes suggests a misleading part of a larger story. A February 12, 2008 Mongabay report supplies an example. We have highlighted the pertinent passages:

23 tigers were killed to supply parts seen in retail outlets surveyed during 2006 in 28 cities and towns across Sumatra, an island in Indonesia.

This is down from an estimate of 52 killed per year in 1999-2002,” said Julia Ng, program officer with TRAFFIC Southeast Asia and lead author on The Tiger Trade Revisited in Sumatra, Indonesia. “Sadly, the decline in availability appears to be due to the dwindling number of tigers left in the wild.”

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