A cute cub of tiger is waiting for her mother to return from hunting as it is hungry and thirsty. But little fact it knows that her mother might not even return! Why? Because, there are chances that she would be killed by humans. What happens to the cub then? The imagination itself is heart breaking.
Why should we save tigers?
Tigers are on the threshold of extinction. The world is abuzz with news, views and moves in a bid to save the Tiger. With just 1411 left in India as per the last count?the government is tense on how to save the national animal.
India has lost more than 50 per cent of its tiger population in the past five years.
First two weeks of the year 2010 brought bad news yet again for the Tiger lovers. The three tiger deaths sent warning bells among the Tiger conservationists.
IT IS TIME WO WAKE UP AND DO SOMETHING.
According to the Wildlife Protection Society of India, there have been 84 tiger deaths, by both natural and poaching causes, in 2009-10. From around 40,000 at the turn of the last century, there are just 1411 tigers left in India, wildlife experts say tigers could be extinct in 20 years.
It is time we all started a serious campaign to save this majestic animal from extinction. There are many people who are already doing every bit for this cause, one such blogger is Aman from Jabalpur... check out his blog Save The Tigers
Extinction of tigers has been a global issue for long now, but the latest population census of this beautiful animal in India has left everyone including actor Abhishek Bachchan shocked. The actor rightfully raises his voice and shows his concern.
Abhishek says, “There are only 1,411 (one thousand four hundred eleven) tigers left in India. It’s shocking. We must do something.”
After Abhishek Bachchan, who recently showed his concern to save tigers, it is the turn of the lovely Lara Dutta, to show her empathy towards the cause. Lara has come forward to raise her voice against the big cats’ extinction.
Lara says, “It’s sad to see the extinction of tigers in India. What are we waiting for; for the numbers to reduce from 1411 to 14? Is that when we will act? I think it’s high time we should do something about it. It’s better late than never.”
“Tiger hunting was officially banned only after the enactment of the Wildlife (Protection) Act in 1972. Today increasing biotic disturbances, uncontrolled poaching of prey, urbanization, mining and quarrying; and poaching of tiger for its body parts gravely threaten the future of the tiger. Bones and other body parts of the tigers are used in Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) and their skins are used for making Chubas( the traditional robe worn by the Tibetans). It is this illegal market for tiger skins and parts in China and Tibet that remains as one of the most serious threat to wild tiger populations in India.”
Click on the link to view the Tiger Reserves in India.
What are the Indian and international laws that protect tigers?
Indian Tiger is an endangered animal and is listed in the Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. This act gives it protection against hunting/poaching and trade for skins, bones and body parts. Any person who commits such an offence is punishable with an imprisonment of not less than three years extending up to seven years along with a fine of not less than fifty thousand rupees which may extend up to two lakh rupees. In the event of a second or subsequent conviction he can receive imprisonment for a term of not less than seven years and a fine which shall be not less than five lakh rupees and can vary up to a maximum of fifty lakh rupees.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) presently ratified by over 160 countries, makes international trade in tiger parts illegal. India has been a signatory of this convention since the year 1975.
Can you help?
Yes, you can help save the tiger. Say ‘NO’ to tiger trade by refusing to buy tiger parts and items prepared from tiger derivatives. Speak to tiger and wild ungulate poachers and persuade them to give up poaching. You can also contribute by spreading awareness about tiger conservation issues and threats and also by supporting NGOs that work towards the same. Most importantly you must support green development initiatives to help restore the forest cover and reduce biotic pressures. To know more about how you can support WWF-India in their tiger conservation initiatives please visit http://www.wwfindia.org.
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