The National Tiger Conservation Authority of India no longer refers to problematic tigers to as ‘man-eaters’ in their Standard Operating Procedure, choosing to use the term ‘dangerous tigers’. Further, only shooters from the government are allowed to put them down.
The change in language to ‘dangerous tiger’ could shift perception, from that of brave hunting and trophy kills of tigers, to that of problem-solving operations. This in turn could prevent tigers from being misidentified and killed when there is public pressure to stop ‘man-killers’.
Writer Neha Sinha calls on the government to extend the language for problematic leopards too, as they are shot more frequently than tigers.
Man-eating tiger is an outdated construct | Opinion (Hindustan Times)