Target: IUCN Asia Regional Office
Address: Soi Sukhumvit 39, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Tel: +66 (2) 662 4029
Fax: +66 (2) 662 4387
The Indochinese Tiger, also known as Panthera Tigris Corbetti, is an endangered tiger living in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Burma. These tigers are being poached and hunted, are losing their habitat due to population growth and there is a high demand for tiger bones for Asian medicine. The Indochinese Tiger is disappearing faster than any other tiger being killed each week by poachers. A law must be passed that protects these tigers from being killed and stops poachers and hunters that try to kill them.
According to the website, Panthera, “As recently as 100 years ago, as many as 100,000 wild tigers roamed across Asia.” However, in 2016, the estimate of the tiger population is approximately 3,890. This means that throughout the years about 96,110 tigers were killed. The population for the Indochinese Tiger is estimated to be around 350 tigers. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species states that the conservation status, “is a worldwide conservation status listing and ranking system. This means that it is divided into nine categories that include: “Extinct, Extinct in the Wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Near Threatened, Least Concern, Data Deficient, and Not Evaluated.” The Tigers conservation status is currently Endangered. This should be a reason as to why they should be protected better.
Their population decreased because of poaching, habitat loss and high demand for traditional medicines. Poaching is the “illegal practice of trespassing on another’s property to hunt or steal game without the landowner’s permission.” Panthera also explains that, “The tiger is increasingly under threat from deforestation for agricultural developments, especially monocultures like palm oil plantations.” Every part of the Indochinese Tiger is sold in the black market today. Panthera implies that, “Tiger parts are used for traditional medicines though to cure ailments ranging from arthritis to epilepsy, with the greatest demand in China. Tiger skin and other parts are also used for decor across Asia” as said Although they use tiger bones for medicinal purposes, there is not much evidence that their body parts or bones are successful to cure. There is a high demand in their bones because of their beliefs.
With this petition, I hope that a strict law gets passed to stop poaching on the Indochinese Tiger. There should be a consequence to anyone who does not obey the law such as a fine. The protected areas that already exist must have more management and help in order to keep protecting them.
Think about how one of these days all the tigers, not just the Indochinese Tiger, could go extinct due to our actions. Help protect these animals by signing this petition and spreading awareness.