14 April 2010

I and the Tiger: you CAN make a difference for tigers

Singapore no longer has wild tigers in our forests. Nevertheless, Singapore continues to wipe out wild tigers.
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!


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 toh_yuet_hsin@nparks.gov.sg by 12noon 14 Apr.

Time: 11am
Venue: Function Hall, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/


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 gbm.ere@gmail.com at Planet of the Monyets. More details of the Tiger Blog Fest.

  • 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.

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