Mark Your Calendar – July 29th is Global Tiger Day

Tiger with Cub - Global Tiger Day July 29

On July 29th, Global Tiger Day will be celebrated worldwide. Wild tiger populations have declined over 90% in the past 100 years. It is estimated that less that 3000 tigers currently live in the wild. Several tiger subspecies are already extinct.

Tigers have been relentlessly killed for their skins and body parts. Tiger “farms” are now being run to breed the cats for slaughter.

How can you help? Spread the word about Global Tiger Day and sign the new Avaaz petition against tiger farms in China.

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India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority asks for Tiger Radio-Collars

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via Conservation India/Economic Times

Due to the man-tiger conflict in the state, India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has directed Uttar Pradesh, the country’s fifth largest state, to identify “potential” man-eaters and radio-collar tigers to track their movement.

 

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Russians Get Tiger Conservation Training in India

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TIGER NEWS ROUNDUP – FEATURED STORY

Russian forest officers are participating in India’s “Tiger Watch Programme,” a partnership between the International Fund for Animal Welfare-Wildlife Trust of India and Global Tiger Forum. More than half of the world’s wild tiger population inhabits India.

“…in Russia forest officers may sometimes go a considerably long duration or even their entire career without actually seeing a tiger in the wild, given the sparse population in the ranges…”

Russian team being trained in Panna to boost tiger conservation
Times of India
NAGPUR: In a bid to boost tiger conservation efforts globally, International Fund for Animal Welfare-Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI) in collaboration with the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) has hosted a two-member team of Russian forest officers in India and more »


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Canned tigers? (LionAid)

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Tiger “farms” in South Africa – where tigers are bred for trophy hunting. In this article, Pieter Kat from LionAid talks about captive-bred tigers. Canned tigers? was originally posted on January 27, 2014 at LionAid.org.

LIONAID: Many of you will probably know about the “tiger farms” in China that breed tigers to supply skins and potions like tiger bone wine. There is considerable outrage about these farms internationally, not only because of the conditions under which the tigers are kept, but also because of the ethics of breeding animals for their body parts.

I wrote a short blog on the issue in September 2012.

Earlier that year I also wrote a blog about the tiger breeding that goes on in South Africa.

Despite these blogs, and raising the issue at various meetings with UK Members of Parliament and Defra, there continues to be silence and complacency about the SA tiger farms. There, tigers are raised for live export to a number of countries including the United Arab Emirates, Myanmar and Vietnam. During the ten years 2002-2011, a total of 170 live tigers were exported to such dubious destinations. But perhaps more strangely, tigers in SA are also available to be trophy hunted.

It is the only place left in the world where you can go and trophy hunt a tiger. I have not been able to determine how much a tiger hunt costs, but it would appear to be substantial. Over the ten years 2002 – 2011, CITES records indicate that 17 tiger trophies were exported (not re-exported) and that the source was captive-bred tigers.

Who would want to hunt a captive bred tiger? The trophies went to the United Arab Emirates (6), Norway (3), Poland (2) and one each to Spain, Germany, France, Lebanon, Pakistan, and an unnamed country.

Apart from needing a CITES export permit, these trophies do not need the usually necessary import permits required for a species listed on CITES Appendix I as they are hunting trophies and therefore “personal and household effects”.  Also, since these are privately owned exotic animals in South Africa, they further escape much regulatory notice.

Meanwhile, tiger breeders must be enjoying their “niche market” in South Africa out of the public eye?

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Poachers Responsible for Karnataka, India Tiger Losses

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The Deccan Chronicle has reported that 23 tigers have died over the past two years in Karnataka, an Indian state known for having the largest population of tigers in the country. According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority, poaching is the main cause of the loss.

“Of the tigers who died at least 16 are said to have been fallen into the hands of  poachers or  succumbed to “unknown reasons.”   While eight tigers died or were poached in the tiger reserves,  six  were found dead outside them. Although as many as 14 tigers died in 2012 alone, the state has done little to curb wildlife poaching, say animal conservationists.”

Read more about the Karnataka tigers.
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Today, July 29th, is Global Tiger Day

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Today, July 29th, is Global Tiger Day, also known as International Tiger Day. The purpose of the event, which was launched in 2010 at the world’s first global Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, is to raise awareness on tiger conservation issues.

The 2010 St. Petersburg Tiger Summit was organized by Russian president Vladimir Putin and World Bank chief Robert Zoellick in response to research that showed wild tigers would go extinct by 2040 or sooner.

Summit goals included the establishment of a global system to preserve and restore tigers in the borders of their historical range, increase public awareness and support for tiger conservation and double the wild tiger population by 2022, from an estimated 3,200 wild tiger to more than 7,000.

More than $330 million in donor pledges was raised during the summit, which was attended by hundreds of representatives from the 13 tiger range states and members of the Global Tiger Initiative (GTI), as well as the WWF, Wildlife Conservation Society, political leaders, heads of state and celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Naomi Campbell. The group unanimously adopted the St. Petersburg Declaration on Tiger Conservation, and endorsed the Global Tiger Recovery Program as the mechanism for its implementation.

Established in 2008, the Global Tiger Initiative (GTI) is an international alliance of governments, organizations and individuals led by the 13 tiger range countries. GTI members are committed to working together toward a common agenda to save wild tigers from extinction.

GTI aspires “…to a world where, by 2022, wild tigers across Asia will no longer face the risk of extinction—and will live in healthy populations within high conservation value landscapes that are managed sustainably for present and future generations.”

 

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Indonesia’s Sumatran Tiger Dangerously Close to Extinction

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The Sumatran tiger, found only on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, is a critically endangered big cat.  There are currently less than 400 of these rare and beautiful animals living in the wild.

At the time of the 1973 ratification of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), there were approximately 1000 Sumatran tigers in existence.  Despite Indonesia’s efforts to protect this rare and beautiful animal, the Sumatran tiger population has continued to decline due to loss of habitat, poaching and snares.

Sumatran tigers can live for up to 15 years in the wild. Approximately 100 years ago, there were three subspecies of Indonesian tiger, the Javan Tiger, Bali tiger and Sumatran tiger.  Both the Javan and Bali tiger are now extinct.

The Sumatran Tiger Trust is aggressively working to protect the tiger from extinction.  All of the proceeds donated to this group go directly to Sumatran tiger conservation.

You can read an Op Ed on Sumatran tiger conservation published by the JakartaGlobe here.

Sumatra Map

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