Posts Tagged ‘tiger’

The Boy Who Cried TIGER

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Here’s a great piece by my friend Steve Galster in the New York Times on the reality behind tiger conservation and the much-hyped International Tiger Forum taking place now in St. Petersburg.  The World Bank is backing tiger conservation, which has sent NGOs into a feeding frenzy for tiger money, resulting in one meeting after another, trips and conferences around the world, and…more dead tigers. 

Tiger poaching syndicates exist.  NGOs like the Environmental Investigation Agency have exposed them.  But for some reason most of the big NGOs shy away from attacking syndicates and instead purr along with tiger posters and tiger buttons and more news that they need money to stop tiger declines.  What they need to do is cooperate in targeted, kingpin-oriented law enforcement.   

November 21, 2010
Tigers Need Conservation, Not Conversation By Steven Galster

BANGKOK — Over the past decade, poachers have halved Asia’s population of tigers and are zeroing in now on the remaining, scattered 3,200. And what is the global conservation community doing to help? Doing what it does best: calling a meeting. (more…)

Live Tiger Found in Luggage

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

 A new technique:

Bangkok, Thailand, 26th August 2010—A two-month old tiger cub was found sedated and hidden among stuffed-tiger toys in the luggage of a woman at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport on Sunday.  Read the story on TRAFFIC’s site here.

Tiger and Woods in Malaysia

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

When I was a kid, New Jersey Governor Tom Kean had a saying, “New Jersey and you–purrfect together.”  Kean had a kind of patrician twang that made the line memorable.  Here is a piece running today in Malaysia, with a message for the world: What have you done for the tiger today?   (PS.  Tigers make good metaphors.)  The author is Azrina Abdullah, who has a new column with The Sun.  

The Tiger and You
by Azrina Abdullah
  The Sun, Malaysia

THE Chinese Year of the Tiger began on Feb 14 with fanfare reminding us of the perils of being a tiger. It coincided with Valentine’s Day, with couples celebrating by donating to tiger causes and wearing anything tiger striped to show their support for the various organisations working to save the tiger.

It is estimated that only 3,200 tigers are left in the wild globally, with 500 in Malaysia. So, this was a great start to the year for the species and there was some hope that action would be galvanised by all to save the Malayan tiger. Various efforts were made to raise awareness on the tiger among the public. So, what has happened since? (more…)