BC Piresis a barrister by qualification (class of 1984) but, for the last 28 years, has done nothing but write to earn a living. His flagship column, Thank God It’s Friday, has appeared in either the Trinidad Guardian or the Trinidad Express since Ash Friday, 1988. He has written about film from an informed lay perspective for the same period and is as close as the cricket-playing West Indies gets to a film critic (though he refuses that label). He has written for many publications, including the London Sunday Observer and the London & Manchester Guardian. Since 2010, his personality-based feature, “Trini/’Bago to D Bone” has been appearing in the Trinidad Guardian. Since 2002, he has been the editor of Cré Olé, the Trinidad & Tobago annual restaurant guide.
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It’s not been a good week to be an animal anywhere in the world, as Harambe, the17-year-old silverback gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo might have told you, if he hadn’t been shot dead in his own pen (in the understandable haste to save the life of a three-year-old boy who’d wandered into the enclosure). Hot on the poor late Harambe’s heels comes the news today of 40 dead tiger cubs, found in a freezer in a tiger temple in Thailand. Both stories clearly have much more than the tips of the icebergs we see, but people, like me, chasing the tigers tale might have seen video that might link Thailand to Sub-Saharan Africa and Syria.
Just watching the footage of adult tigers being put in cages by poachers and smugglers give you pause: do they not notice the magnificence of these creatures?
Well, no. They see only the profit they can make from dangerous but lucrative illegal work.
Just like the people trafficking human beings.
But, of course, it’s a lot easier to ignore the magnificence of creatures when they’re dying in their thousands; a single death is tragedy; a million is a statistic.
Maybe not so bad to be an animal this week after all.