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The Tiger - A Whisker From Extinction

BY EARTHFIRST

I have never met a person who didn’t love tigers. Tigers are really, really big cats and they can weigh as much as 360 kg, not suitable for having on your lap, but still cute. Tigers feed on animals big and small, from rabbits to antelope. They enjoy swimming, and no two tigers have exactly the same stripe pattern.

A hundred years ago there were 100,000 tigers in the wild. Today there are as few as 3,200. Why are they disappearing?

  • Destruction of their habitat through deforestation. They live in jungles and rainforests, these areas are being decimated for farming and housing.
  • Hunting. They are killed for their skins and organs, which are used in alternative medicine (among other things). Products from a dead tiger can be worth around $75,000 in the illegal trade.
  • They are killed for revenge if they have attacked humans or taken livestock.
  • They are stolen for the live animal trade.

Organisations such as WWF are doing their best to conserve the tiger’s habitat and draw awareness to the illegal activities of greedy people and illegal syndicates. Their goal is to build political, financial and public support to double the number of wild tigers by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger.

You can donate by adopting a tiger at the WWF website.

Another way to support the effort to save the tiger is to refrain from buying any products that have been made from tigers. If you know anyone who uses products containing tiger, educate them and let them know that soon the tiger will be extinct if we don’t make an effort now. Lobby governments to hand down harsher penalties to those caught participating in the illegal trade of tiger products and tigers.

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