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

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

Sumatran tigers are on the brink of extinction, with as few as 500 left in the wild.

Due to poaching and habitat loss, 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 Chinese herbal medicine industry's tiger part trade and palm oil companies' destruction of critical tiger habitat have become a 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 many consumers.

"Estimates between 40 percent and 50 percent 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.

Please sign this petition urging the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, to take urgent action to save the Sumatran Tiger by increasing armed patrols to stop poachers and protecting tiger habitats from destruction by palm oil companies.

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