The last wild tiger, killed in Choa Chu Kang in the 1930s from ramblinglibrarian
Although selling tiger parts is banned in Singapore, an undercover investigation by Acres last month found 59 out of 134 jewellery and antique shops offered alleged tiger parts, including claws, teeth and pieces of skin.
Singaporeans' attitude to the plight of wild tigers are such that a major magazine didn't seem to find anything wrong in featuring this cover.
From the Acres press release: Less than a century ago, more than 100,000 tigers roamed the world’s jungles and forests. Today, less than 3,200 remain in the wild. Three subspecies of tiger have become extinct within the last 50 years. Although the Asian big cat species were included in Appendix I of CITES, the illegal trade in specimens of nearly all these species has escalated and further threatens their long-term survival in the wild.
“As long as there is demand, there will be supply. Legislation alone is insufficient to bring a complete halt to the illegal trading of endangered species and their parts. We must do more public education and awareness so demands for them can be curbed and supply will then terminate” said Dr. Lim Wee Kiak, Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC.
You CAN make a difference for wild tigers!
There are still wild tigers in Malaysia!
LEARN ABOUT TIGERS!
Come for the 16 Apr (Fri) talk on "Field monitoring and conservation interventions within the Johor Wildlife Conservation Project". Dr Melvin Gumal, Wildlife Conservation Society shares how tigers and wildlife are being protected in the rainforests across the causeway at the Endau Rompin Johor National Park.
Register with firstname.lastname@example.org by 12noon 14 Apr.
Venue: Function Hall, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
BLOG FOR TIGERS!
If you are a blogger, join the Tiger Blog Fest run by the Planet of the Monyets.
All you need to do is post an entry in your blog about the tiger: anything as long as the message is about protecting our tigers. Post any time 19 – 23 April 2010 (Monday – Friday). Register your blog with email@example.com at Planet of the Monyets. More details of the Tiger Blog Fest.
STOP THE TIGER TRADE!
- Don't buy tiger products.
- Support those working to stop the trade, such as ACRES. Find out how you can contribute to their efforts to protect the tiger and other endangered animals.
- Undercover investigations in the illegal trade in tiger parts in Singapore Acres Press Release 19 Mar 10;
- Year of the tiger: poaching and wildlife trade The tiger could be extinct by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger. We look at why it's so hard to tamp down on poachers and the flourishing tiger trade Venessa Lee Today Online 13 Feb 10;
- Monkeys, butterflies, turtle: how the pet trade's greed is emptying south-east Asia's forests Whole species disappear from the wild as millions of animals are illegally exported round the world in a business with profit margins that rival the drugs trade David Adam, The Observer 21 Feb 10;
- Singapore animal groups growl over 8 Days' 'tiger skin' shots Victoria Vaughan, Straits Times 13 Feb 10;
- Bloggers come together for Malaysia's tigers WWF Malaysia 31 Mar 10;
- Tiger Blog Fest on the Planet of the Monyets.
- Tigers in Singapore by Marsita Omar Dec 06, Infopedia, National Library Board.