Oh YES, of course, I am 100% agree with you.
What Luo et
al. (2013) present in the document is that White tigers are not a freak of
nature, but just a normal variation of the coat pattern that was naturally
presented in the wild tigers.
What they show is that the “white gene” is not responsible
of the abnormalities of the “American white tigers”, in fact, the “white gene”
only affect the coat pattern and nothing more.
All the present problems like crossed eyes,
deformities and other stuffs are caused by the inbreeding which was the normal method
to produce white tigers in America.
However, Luo et al (2013) shows that
there is no need to do this in order to produce white ones, in fact, two completely
unrelated tigers with the “white gene” are able to produce white tigers.
The interesting thing is that the full problem
was created by USA and its hunger of tigers. It was there were the bad breeding
and inbreed was promoted. After all, all the white tigers came from the single specimen
(Mohan) that breeds with his own daughter.
This problem seems to be inexistent in the
white tigers of India, where there are at least two lineages of blood that
produce white tigers.
In conclusion, the conservation is focused in
tigers per se, but in America, the AZA is only breeding Amur, Sumatran and
Malayan tigers, while all the white tigers are only hybrids of Amur-Bengal and
highly inbreed, thus they spread the word that white tigers are useless for
It is the work and responsibility of Indian
zoos to conserve the white gene, which is NOT an aberration but a natural
variation, just like black jaguars in America and leopards in Africa-Asia.
Besides, it is a myth that white tigers can’t
survive in the nature. The great Jim Corbett, in his book “Man eaters of Kumaon”,
he presents a series of pictures (from a video that he made) showing a WILD
white tigress with cubs!!! Do you think that if white tigers were not viable,
they could not even breed?
The problem with white tigers is ONLY in
America and all the irresponsible countries that buy its white tigers. White
Indian tigers are “clean” and deserve to live. In fact, the final conclusion of
Luo et al (2013) is that the “white
gene” should be returned in to the wild, were it belongs, and I am 100% agree