Joint NGO statement on tigers presented to China's President Hu Jintao in India - November 2006

Posted on 29 November 2006    
Tiger (Panthera tigris).
Tiger (Panthera tigris).

Wild tiger populations are recovering in a few places, but most are in steep decline. Tigers now occupy 40 percent less habitat than they did 10 years ago and only 7 percent of their historic range.

At this time, law enforcement efforts are insufficient to stop the illicit trade in tiger skins, and China’s great strides in reducing consumption of tiger bone for medicinal purposes are threatened by calls to reopen trade in medicinal tonics produced on tiger farms.

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