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SHUT IT DOWN - A note from Save Wild Tigers founder, Simon Clinton.

People often ask me what I believe the biggest threat to the world's remaining tigers is - my response - demand. Demand for tiger skin, bone and other body parts, fuels and finances organised poaching and trafficking, which has had a rapid effect on tiger sub-populations and has resulted in localised extinctions. This continued demand is putting the species under huge pressure and driving them closer and closer to extinction. Skins are seen as status symbols, used for home décor, whilst bones are used in tonics and medicines. Both are traded by illegal criminal syndicates for huge profits.

Debbie Banks, head of the EIA's tiger campaign that Save Wild Tigers supports, has the following message:
I have a simple message for the government delegates preparing for the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in Botswana scheduled for the end of March – please don’t forget about the tigers! With perhaps as few as 3,200 wild tigers remaining, every single tiger counts. Based on known incidents of poaching, trafficking and illegal sales, at least 1,500 tigers have ended up in trade since 2000. In numbers, that might not grab the same headlines as the tragedy unfolding for Africa’s elephants and rhinos but it is no less a crisis considering just how few wild tigers remain.
Poaching is driven by demand for tiger parts, primarily among the Chinese business, political and military elite. Tiger skin rugs are purchased for luxury home décor or bribes, tiger bone wine is considered a prestigious gift and meat served as a delicacy. Vietnamese consumers prefer their tiger bone in the form of a glue, pieces of which are mixed with wine to treat arthritis.
In the closing remarks of the Towards Zero Poaching symposium in Kathmandu last week, the Secretary General of the Global Tiger Forum, Dr Rajesh Gopal, called for zero demand to support zero poaching. Quite simply, wild tigers need every government to work towards ending all trade (international and domestic) in all tiger parts (skins, bones, meat, teeth, claws) from all sources (wild and captive-bred). That is the commitment we hope government delegates to the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference will make at the end of March.

Image (C) Nick Garbutt



GREAT ‪TIGER‬ NEWS TO KICK THE NEW YEAR OFF!

For the first time in decades, there is real hope for the wild tiger.

The population of wild tigers in India has risen by 30% from 1,706 in 2010 to 2,226 in 2014. The census was carried out by the tiger conservation authority in India, involving over 9,000 thousand camera traps (80% of all Indian tigers have been recorded). These results are truly impressive.

The new tiger census, released by the Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, shows that India (which has 70% of the world tiger population) has registered an increase of 30% in the country's tiger population in the past three years.

Save Wild Tiger founder, Simon Clinton, notes: "All credit must go to the authorities and tireless work across India by all those NGO`s & conservationists working around the clock. Let’s hope this can show other tiger range countries what can be achieved where there’s a will for action & change."

 



Kid Chan Majestic Tiger Ball Photography

Nice write up and some great shots of The Majestic ‪Tiger‬ Ball by the brilliant photographer KID CHAN - click on the following link to have a look! 

http://kidchan.com/inspire-majestic-tiger-ball-2014/



130 Million Years and Counting...

SWT founder, Simon Clinton, reflects on our Malaysia programme and explains why the need for action is so great.
 
Malaysia’s rainforests are the oldest in the world and are the natural home of the Malayan tiger (plus hundreds of other species). But time is running out for both. Deforestation and illegal poaching are all contributing to a potential environmental & eco disaster. With as few as 250 Malayan tigers left in the wild, we are looking at only 10 years until extinction for the wild tiger if action is not taken urgently.
 
Save Wild Tigers is thrilled to have now launched in Malaysia with a series of spectacular recent events with the highlight being The Majestic Tiger Ball in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 3rd. Beyond the funds raised for our Malaysian conservation partner WCS, we hope that we have inspired and motivated all that attended and hopefully recruited new supporters in Malaysia and beyond to the cause.
 
The time for talking is over, time for action is now- please join us in the fight back for the sake of future generations.
 
A HUGE thanks to everyone for supporting “Inspire 2014”, look out for more exciting events in Malaysia moving forward…
 
TERIMA KASIH! (on behalf of the 250 Malayan tigers left in the wild)


SWT founder Simon Clinton with Her Royal Highness Sultanah Pahang, Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom

SWT founder Simon Clinton with our Majestic Tiger Ball Patron, Her Royal Highness Sultanah Pahang, Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom.

'Congratulations and brilliant' were the words HRH used to describe The Majestic Tiger Ball which was a fantastic success and raised vital funds and awareness for the wild #tiger. 

Malaysian singing sensations Ning, Amanda Imani, Jaclyn Victor and Natasha Sass were all in attendance and performed for us on the night alongside UK star Leee John from Imagination and American stars Pure Energy.

We were also treated to a beautiful performance by ballerina Maria Sascha Khan from the English National Ballet who wowed the crowd. 

DJs Harimau Malaya De Rajj, Panthera Najee and Jungle JazzieJay played until the early hours and a truly brilliant night was had by all.

Thank you to all our wonderful performers. Support. Survive. Thrive.

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