Target: President of China, Xi Jinping
Goal: Encourage the reintroduction of South China tigers into the wild
The South China tiger (also known as the Xiamen tiger) population was estimated at about four thousand around the 1950’s. In subsequent years, hundreds and thousands were eradicated as the subspecies were hunted because they were deemed a nuisance to the country. Although the Chinese government began to ban the killing of South China tigers in 1979, the damage was already done. By the early 1990’s the population was projected to be only about 80 distinctive tigers.
Currently, the South China tiger population is considered by researchers to be “functionally extinct,” because it has not been clearly spotted in the wild for more than two decades. But with many reports of footprints and local individuals having sighted them, there may be some surviving in some provinces of China. The non-governmental organization “Save China’s Tigers,” with the backing of China’s forestry organization, has established a proposal to bring captive-born South China tigers back into large enclosures in southern China. In late 2007, one baby tiger was born in a reserve in South Africa, which was the first to be born in another country other than China. Since then, a number of tigers have been born.
With the help of the public, this research can possibly help save the tiger population by bringing it back into China. Please sign this petition to support the reintroduction of the South China tigers.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
The South China tigers have been extinct for more than 2o years. The tigers were sadly killed because the people of your country thought they were a nuisance. A group of people are willing to save the tigers by reintroducing the tigers from captivity back into the wild. These beautiful creatures deserve to be brought back into the wild where they can begin to grow their population again. If there is even a small chance that these animals are still in existence, we feel that it would be beneficial to take the opportunity to bring them back. The establishment of laws to end tiger farming will help the tigers thrive in the wild this time around.
These animals are important to the growth of your country. They create a balanced ecological system that is beneficial for the other animals in the wild. Please support this reintroduction so that that researchers can have the funding to put this plan in action.
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Photo Credit: The Shanghai gallery at World66 via Wikimedia Commons