After the 2022 World Cup, the Bengal tiger population dwindled from almost a quarter of the original population to a mere 0.1 percent of the total population.
But the sport of tiger hunting, which has been in existence for centuries, has been revived and thrived in some countries, particularly in the region of West Bengal, India’s largest state.
In 2019, the United States played the last World Cup game in India and the game was staged in the state of Bihar.
This was a game for the first time since India was declared a Non-Self-Governing Country in 1947.
The USA, which is in the process of joining the international fold, has not taken part in the 2022 matches in the country since then.
The USA has not only banned the sport but also banned it from international competition.
India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), which manages the game, said it will not allow the sport to be played at the 2019 event due to the “ongoing threats” of poaching.
It also warned that the “threat of poaching” will remain a concern and would continue to escalate.
“Our tiger reserves are already at risk of being destroyed due to poaching.
If the game continues to be banned, there will be a major risk to the tiger population,” the NTCA said in a statement.”
The threat of poaching will continue to increase and, therefore, we do not expect to see the game played in India again.”
Tigers are hunted in India as an animal delicacy, although tiger meat is sold commercially.
The country has some of the most extensive tiger reserves in the world, and is also home to some of India’s most endangered species.