Target: Prakash Javadekar, Environment Minister of India
Goal: Praise massively successful initiative that raised tiger populations by 30 percent in less than a decade.
India has seen a 30 percent rise in tiger populations in the past seven years thanks to aggressive conservation measures. The latest tiger census showed that the country now has 2,226 tigers, an increase of 500 tigers since the last count in 2008. Now, India is home to over three quarters of the world’s tigers, and is willing to donate animals to any country seeking to re-establish healthy tiger populations through conservation.
In most other countries, tiger populations are declining sharply, threatened by habitat loss, poaching, and close proximity to humans. Tigers now roam less than one-tenth of the area they used to inhabit, disappearing entirely in many countries. The animals are hunted relentlessly for their pelts, which fetch up to $50,000 each, and their bones, teeth, whiskers, and claws, which are used in traditional Asian medicine.
A century ago, an estimated 100,000 tigers roamed as far as Turkey, Indonesia, and Russia. Now, there are only 3,200 tigers left in the world, mostly concentrated in Southeast Asia. Many subspecies of tiger are already extinct in the wild, including Bali and Caspian tigers. There are an estimated 50 South China tigers left in the world, most of which are in captivity.
We are currently facing a critical point where vigorous conservation efforts are necessary in order to prevent the permanent extinction of tigers. India has not only proven that recovery is possible, but has offered to help other countries do their part in conservation. Sign the petition below to thank India for stepping up to address the urgent issue of tiger depopulation.
Dear Mr. Prakash Javadekar,
India’s most recent tiger census has shown a 30 percent increase in tiger populations, likely due to aggressive conservation efforts by the Indian government. The country is now home to over 2,000 of the world’s 3,200 tigers, and is offering to donate tigers to countries willing to work on raising their populations.
In the past century, tigers have declined by over 95 percent and are extinct in many of the areas they once roamed. Habitat loss, human interference, and rampant poaching continue to threaten their recovery.
Conservation is an international responsibility. Not only is India doing its part, it has also volunteered to help other countries interested in following in their footsteps. We, the undersigned, praise the success of your conservation program and thank you for urging other countries to join the effort.
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