Thursday 10 September 2009

Tiger crisis

More bad news about the Tiger from the David Shepherd wildlife foundation, Voted the worlds favorite animal and surely the most magnificent-The poaching continues

Tiger Crisis ...

Beleagured in the wild and with numbers as low as 1,400 in India, the tiger continues to live in crisis. With over 66 reported cases of tiger deaths in India this year alone, a Chinese State Forestry Administration document - which seemingly provides tiger farmers with a licence to make products from tiger parts - has sparked fears that the demand for wild tiger parts will create a boom among poachers.

Ashok Kumar, of the Wildlife Trust of India (with whom DSWF works) says that any relaxation of Chinese rules would have a catastrophic effect on the Indian tiger population. The Indian Government is sending a delegation to China to discuss the plight of the sub-continents tigers and with NGOs around the world gearing up for the Chinese Year of the Tiger in 2010, the eyes of the world will be watching and waiting to see whether our collective will can save the tiger from extinction in the wild.

"In the face of increased poaching, tough and effective anti-poaching operations are a major factor in protecting these precious cats," says DSWF CEO, Melanie Shepherd. "And, despite its proximity to illegal trade routes, your support means that DSWF has been hugely effective in protecting the wild tiger population in Kaziranga, Assam. But, it's vital that we maintain and increase our support if tigers are not to be consigned to history books and zoos."

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