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  Tigers face new threat of being eaten
Updated 23 August 2002, 14.50
Tiger meat is appearing in some posh restaurants
Tigers in Malaysia are under threat from being eaten by humans rather than the other way round, conservationists have warned.

The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) said that most people think of tigers attacking humans, but in certain parts of the world, some animals could end on the dinner table.

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Posh restaurants in Malaysia have started offering 'wildlife meat' on their menus, and the animals could be anything from leopards and monkeys, to bears and tigers.

The WWF said that people should boycott such restaurants and report them to authorities.

Three people have been killed by tigers in the Kelantan region of Malaysia since May, and five more attacks have been reported this year, but it looks like the threat goes both ways.

A survey in 1997, carried out by the WWF, found there were only about 650 tigers left in the Malaysian peninsula, down from more than 5,000 in the 1950s.

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