Urge Indonesia to Take Urgent Action to Save Its Sumatran Tigers from Extinction

  • by: Georgina B.
  • target: Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia

Sumatran tigers are on the brink of extinction, with as few as 300 left in the wild, according to a report on the ABC News website.

Due to the illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss from logging, the Sumatran Tiger could be next to join the Balinese and Javan Tigers in extinction in Indonesia, according to Leif Cocks, president of the International Tiger Project. 

The demand for tiger parts from the Chinese herbal medicine industry coupled with palm oil companies destroying critical tiger habitat is working as the lethal combination that is wiping out this critically endangered species.

According to Charlotte Richardson from the partnering Orangutan Project - the direct link between the palm oil industry and mass habitat destruction is apparently still not clear to consumers”

"Estimates between 40 per cent and 50 per cent of all packaged foods contain palm oil and it's not even labelled at the moment, it's just vegetable oil," said Ms Richardson.

"So a lot of people are starting to wake up to the fact that when they're buying their packets of chips, the impact that that has in Indonesia."

No animal deserves to go extinct due to human intervention. Will you join me in urging the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, to take urgent action to save the Sumatran Tiger by increasing armed patrols to stop poachers and intervene to stop the logging of tiger habitats by palm oil companies?

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