Help Protect Tigers from Illegal Trade



Posted on 21 October 2011  | 
Tiger face, California, USA Close up of a captive tiger's face (Panthera tigris), Africa Marine World, Vallejo, California, United States. Image No: 239815
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The U.S. government currently has no way to determine how many captive tigers are in the U.S., where they are, who owns them, or what happens to them when they die.

More than 5,000 tigers may exist in captivity in the United States.

Illegal trade in tigers and tiger products is one of the greatest threats endangering these magnificent cats in the wild. As few as 3,200 wild tigers remain, and any supply of tiger parts into the black market poses a serious threat to wild populations by stimulating trade and consumer demand, which leads to more poaching. The current gaps in federal regulations for captive tigers in the U.S. could make these animals a target for this illegal trade.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs to do more to keep these big cats from falling into the wrong hands.

The agency has taken a strong first step in that direction by proposing a new rule that would close existing loopholes and improve government oversight of captive tigers in the United States.

Take Action: Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to finalize the proposed rule change and ensure that captive tigers do not fall victim to illegal trade.
Tiger face, California, USA Close up of a captive tiger's face (Panthera tigris), Africa Marine World, Vallejo, California, United States. Image No: 239815
© National Geographic Stock / Michael Nicols / WWF Enlarge

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