An Indian artist with his body painted with the likeness of a tiger dances before a tableau with a picture of tiger during the ‘Pulikali‘ or Tiger Dance procession in Thrissur, Kerala state, India.
The dance portrays tiger hunting which the India High Court banned in 1971, when “about 1,800 were left alive” from a peak of an estimated 100,000 tigers which roamed India’s forests a century ago. Wildlife groups say that 41 tigers have been killed so far this year.
“We paint all kinds of tigers … cheetahs, leopards ...”
Download and listen to a compilation of ‘Tiger’ music on my other blog.
A Concise History of Tiger Hunting in India
An interview with Chris Slappendal, “a tiger activist for life“, in the Indonesia Expat magazine.
Nowhere To Hide: The Trade In Sumatran Tiger (2004)
Yes, that might be a report from a decade ago, but this photo was taken in November last year.