Target: Prime Minister of Vietnam, Tan Dung Nguyen
Goal: Urge the Vietnamese government to protect the endangered wild tigers in Vietnam
According to surveys conducted by the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, the population of wild tigers in Vietnam has fallen dramatically to a measly number of an estimated 47 individuals and about 100 tigers in captivity. The wild tigers are now mostly confined to the evergreen forests of the Northern and Central Annamites. This decline is partly attributed to habitat loss, as their natural habitat is quickly being destroyed due to deforestation for cultivable land, hydro-power plants, mining and infrastructure. Other issues include poaching, illegal trading of tigers and their prey, and the use of almost three-quarters of killed tigers as stock for Chinese pharmacies. Although Vietnam has already tried to preserve its wildlife through a law to ban hunting, the government has not been enforcing the ban as effectively as it could.
A lack of strict, harsh punishments on tiger trading and domestic-international cooperation have also hindered the wild tigers’ conservation efforts. Thankfully, Prime Minister Tan Dung Nguyen approved a national program for tiger conservation from 2014 to 2022. A program to monitor the tigers through geographic information systems and scanning radars and a program to encourage breeding will help conservation efforts immensely. However, Vietnam still needs to improve its enforcement on illegal trading and poaching and possibly cooperate with neighboring countries to help the tigers in the long run.
Please sign this petition to urge the Prime Minister Tan Dung Nguyen and the Vietnamese government to strengthen their enforcement of banning illegal trading and poaching while also preserving the remaining forests, the loss of which is the biggest threat to the endangered tigers.
Dear Prime Minister Nguyen,
The wild tigers of Vietnam are a beautiful species that are set apart from other tiger subspecies as they are much smaller in stature and possessing a deeper, more vibrant orange hue on their coats. They are incredibly beautiful, powerful animals but also critically endangered. Only an estimated 47 wild tigers are in Vietnam, but the small population will continue to decline rapidly if measures are not taken. You must ensure that the country’s ban on poaching and illegal trading are strictly enforced. Another problem that the wild tigers face is deforestation, which is done for cultivable land, infrastructure, mining, and hydro-power plants. If these practices keep progressing, the tigers’ natural habitats will completely be destroyed and they will become extinct soon.
I am writing to you to urge you to protect these animals and stop them from facing extinction.
[Your Name Here]
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