Friday, 16 March 2012

Wild Tigers Could Disappear by 2022. Please take action

The World Wildlife Fund and other experts say only around 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, and there were 100,000 tigers a century ago. According to experts, tigers could disappear by 2022 — the next Chinese calendar year of the tiger — if no action is taken.

As if habitat loss was not enough, tigers and numerous other species of endangered wildlife also have to contend with POACHING. Regardless of the tigers' classification as a "Critically Endangered" species, the demand for its parts has drastically increased at an alarming rate since the end of the 20th Century.

The tiger is primarily killed to supply underground black markets with its organs, pelts and bones. These items are highly regarded in eastern medicine, claiming to posse's capabilities to heal all sorts of human illnesses and dysfunctions. In addition, this regal and magnificent symbol of nature's beauty and power is hunted recreationally for sport/trophies, perceived fear, and just out-rite ignorance! Unfortunately, poaching is not isolated to any one subspecies or population.

All tigers, no matter were they live, seem to be under attack!


Thailand's Tiger Temple Sues Conservationists Over Abuse Allegations

One of the world’s largest populations of tigers exists not in the wild in Asia, but in captivity in the United States.

With an estimated 5,000 tigers,  the U.S. captive tiger population is on par with the captive tiger population of China (estimated to be over 5,000) and far exceeds the approximately 3,200 individuals believed to exist in the wild today. Tigers are being poached in the wild for their bones, skins, and other body parts to feed an escalating demand in Asia, which uses them for fashionable tonics, traditional medicine, meat and ornamental purposes.
Around 95 percent of the U.S. captive tiger population is in private hands,  some regulated by the U.S.  Department of Agriculture (USDA) and others under state regulation but the majority is under virtually no regulation at all. A small number are found in zoos and other facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

fearless tigris:
 denizen of jungles, deep
 if your species dies,
 the earth shall weep
i am a tiger
 on my land you encroached
 i was born to live in freedom
 not be by man, poached
Painting and poem by Karen Lyons Kalmenson

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