International Tiger Coalition Says Tiger Summit Can Reverse Crisis of Poaching and Illegal TradeBy The International Tiger Coalition, PRNE
Thursday, November 18, 2010
WASHINGTON, November 19, 2010 - The International Tiger Coalition (ITC) welcomes Russian Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin's convening of world leaders at the International Tiger
Conservation Forum from 21-24 November in St. Petersburg. In response to this
historic and unprecedented event, the ITC offers wholehearted support to
tiger range states and other participants in achieving the Forum's ultimate
goal of doubling the wild tiger population by 2022.
Wild tigers have reached a crisis point, driven not only by habitat loss
and depletion of the tiger's wild prey, but predominantly by poaching to
supply the high-priced black market in tiger parts and products.
Despite the fact that virtually all trade in tiger parts, products, and
derivatives is illegal under both national and international laws, tigers are
still being killed for their body parts, while tiger parts and products
continue to enter illegal markets from both wild and captive-bred sources.
Therefore, the ITC is encouraged by statements made in the St. Petersburg
Declaration and in the Global Tiger Recovery Programme - both of which are
expected to be adopted at the Forum - aimed at combating tiger-related
wildlife crime and eliminating demand for tiger parts and products.
"We endorse the stated goal of strengthening the effectiveness of
existing tiger-trade bans, with an aim of eradicating all trade in all tiger
parts, products and derivatives," said ITC Moderator Judy Mills. "This is
critical to the achievement of doubling tiger numbers by 2022."
ITC stands ready to assist and support tiger range countries to develop
and implement the strategies required to ensure an end to all trade in tiger
parts and derivatives.
Furthermore, ITC strongly endorses recent recommendations made by the
Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of
Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) and INTERPOL on tiger trade. These include
greater use of intelligence-led law enforcement, increased cooperation among
law-enforcement authorities, demand-reduction campaigns aimed at consumers,
and prevention of illegal trade in tiger parts and derivatives from
Background: - The International Tiger Coalition is a coalition of 42 non-governmental organizations from the environmental, zoo, animal welfare, traditional Chinese medicine, criminal justice, and responsible tourism communities, collectively representing millions of individual members around the world. - International Tiger Forum (www.tigersummit.ru/) - CITES tiger decisions (www.cites.org/eng/dec/valid15/14_66-68-69_15-70.shtml)
Judy Mills, +1-202-674-4588 or judymills3 at gmail.com
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