Save Tigers: Urge China to Maintain Ban on Trade in Tiger Parts

  • by: Care2
  • recipient: Zhou Wenzhong, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the U.S.
Tigers are the largest of the big cats, and they are also one of the most threatened. According to a new report, tigers are on a "catastrophic" path to extinction - and China's proposal to lift its ban on domestic trade in tiger parts could spell the end for these majestic wild cats.

Poaching and the illegal trade in tiger parts are major threats to wild tigers. China banned the trade in tiger parts in 1993. But China just told the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) that it would allow trade in tiger parts from farmed tigers if a scientific review showed it would reduce poaching.

The owners of private Chinese tiger farms - the source of some of the current illegal trade in tiger parts - are putting pressure on the Chinese government to lift the ban, claiming that lifting the ban will benefit tigers by regulating the tiger parts trade. But lifting the ban could be a death sentence for tigers.

Please send your respectful message to the Chinese Ambassador today to ask China to help conserve tigers by continuing its ban on the trade in tiger parts.
To Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong,

I am writing to respectfully request that China uphold its current ban on trade in tiger parts.

I appreciate all of China's efforts to protect tigers, including the 1993 ban on domestic trade in tiger parts, all efforts made to enforce this ban and campaigns to raise awareness and reduce demand for tiger parts among Chinese consumers. China's leadership in tiger conservation has significantly reduced the demand for and illegal trade in tiger parts.

It is critical for the long-term survival of tigers that China uphold the ban on domestic trade in tiger parts. I respectfully ask that China continue its legacy of tiger conservation efforts by making its ban on tiger trade permanent.

Thank you for your consideration.


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