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New shocking tiger trade reports
Posted November 11th, 2010 2 Comments
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Tiger trappedALL of you know that I’m a big admirer of the wildlife on our planet. I accidently stumbled across an article about the global condition and slaughtering of the tigers presence. The headline over at MSN reads  “1,000 tigers killed for body parts in decade“!!!

Some of you may think that’s nothing compared to other species, but you’ve got to look at the WHOLE picture. There are only 3200 tigers left, GLOBALLY! That’s close to a 25% reduction in 10 years.

Needless to say the article made me furious and I’m shocked how far the wildlife crisis has crossed the red line.

Body parts from more than 1,000 wild tigers have been seized over the past decade, crimes that are adding to the extinction crisis faced by the species whose numbers are estimated at around just 3,200 worldwide, a wildlife monitoring network reported Tuesday.

“Parts of between 1,069 and 1,220 tigers were seized in 11 of the 13 tiger range countries — or an average of 104 to 119 animals per year,” TRAFFIC said in a report ahead of an international meeting later this month to protect the species.

India was highest on the list, followed by China and Nepal.

“Given half the world’s tigers live in India, it’s no real surprise the country has the highest number of seizures,” report author Pauline Verheij said in a statement.

“With parts of potentially more than 100 wild Tigers actually seized each year,” she added, “one can only speculate what the true numbers of animals are being plundered.

Tiger items that are smuggle range from complete skins, skeletons and even whole animals — live and dead — to bones, meat, claws, teeth, skulls, penises and other body parts, TRAFFIC said.

The parts are used by various cultures for decoration, in traditional medicines and even as good luck charms.

“Clearly enforcement efforts to date are either ineffective or an insufficient deterrent,” stated Mike Baltzer, leader of WWF’s Tigers Alive initiative.

“Not only must the risk of getting caught increase significantly, but seizures and arrests must also be followed up by swift prosecution and adequate sentencing,” he said.

Besides poaching, the other main pressure on tigers is habitat loss.

Some 100,000 tigers are thought to have been around a century ago, TRAFFIC said.

TRAFFIC is a joint program of WWF and the IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.”

Not long ago, National Geographic aired a documentary with inside information on the illegal tiger trade in Asia. I was utterly shocked by their disturbing findings. This has lead me to take action. Back in August we aquired Wildlife.TV and I’ve since then been in touch with several media corporations and wildlife organizations. I want to spread awareness, share information and make people realize what is beeing done to our global wildlife, every minute, every second that goes by.

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The tiger  parts are used by various cultures for decoration, in traditional medicines and even as good luck charms.

“Clearly enforcement efforts to date are either ineffective or an insufficient deterrent,” stated Mike Baltzer, leader of WWF’s Tigers Alive initiative. “Not only must the risk of getting caught increase significantly, but seizures and arrests must also be followed up by swift prosecution and adequate sentencing,” he said.

Besides poaching, the other main pressure on tigers is habitat loss. Some 100,000 tigers are thought to have been around a century ago, TRAFFIC said.

TRAFFIC is a joint program of WWF and the IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Used for decoration? Who feels good about themselves using the remainders of dead tigers as decoration? Some people really need to get a proper reality check!

I have decided to make Wildife.TV our top priority as of now and I will keep you all updated on the project. Hopefully we can all contribute and make a difference. Meanwhile, please support TRAFFIC, make a donation or link to their website to create awareness. It’s time we wake up from our dillusional dreams and face reality once and for all. If the tigers are gone, the meaning of the word wildlife will never be the same again!

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  • On January 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm
    Jenna wrote:

    I am so shocked. I can NOT believe they treat animals this way. I wish I could do something but I feel so helpless because it is so far away.

  • On January 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm
    Revenge wrote:

    IT IS SIMPLE!

    Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you!

    Sooner or later someone will hunt the killers down and feed them to the tigers. I personally hope so.

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