Wildlife Advocates Foundation

Introduction of the Wildlife Advocates Foundation

The Wildlife Advocates Foundation is a new foundation. It is founded by true animal lovers to help wild animals like tigers and lions that are forced to live in truly horrific conditions, like zoos, circuses and with private owners.

Their mission is to rescue wild animals, one by one. They make sure they leave their small and dirty cages or trailers and give them a place as close to the wild as possible. With enough place to roam, with proper, nutricious and enough food and with the best medical care if they need it.

How to find them:

Just have a look and please support them, either via liking of or engaing with their social media or via donations, if you can.

Rescued tiger

The tiger ‘gift’ that horrified Polish rescuers.

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Nine emaciated and distressed tigers transported from Italy to the Poland-Belarus border are safe now, but the case exposed a cruel, shadowy trade in exotic animals destined for Asia.

The discovery last October shocked Ewa Zgrabczynska, director of Poznan Zoo in Poland, which is looking after four of them.

The other five were taken in by an animal welfare centre called Primadomus, near Alicante in southern Spain.

Commentary

In October 2019 Italian drivers took 10 tigers from Italy to Dagestan in Russia but were stopped by the Belarus border police because the paperwork didn’t match.

Read here a tragic story, which all started with the irresponsible behavior of a circus family (the Montico’s) in Italy.

One tiger didn’t survive the horror trip. The rest is gaining strength in zoos in Poland and in a sanctuary in Spain.

Let’s hope for an Italian investigation to get the ones responsible.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Park

New tiger park in Phuket faces tour operator backlash.

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At a time when many tour operators are turning their backs on attractions that involve close human interaction with wild animals, a new tiger tourist attraction is set to open in Phuket at the end of the month.

In 2014, we banned elephant rides on all our trips, and we don’t permit any activities that allow passengers to pet or walk with wild animals, such as lion walks in South Africa. We believe that wild animals should be viewed – with no contact or interaction – doing what they do best: living in the wild.– Intrepid Travel

Called Tiger Park, the facility will house 29 tigers, including cubs, and female and male adult tigers, ranging from two months to 10 years old.

Visitors to the park will be encouraged to have their photographs taken with the tigers.

Commentary

In Thailand another horror entertainment center opens its doors. Now in Phuket. It is a branche of the Tiger Park in Pattaya. You can feel, touch, hug and take photos with tigers without chains or drug control. They say.

They start with 29 tigers and expect 5000 visitors a week. With an average turnover of 50 US dollars per person this means a yearly turnover of at least US$ 13 million.

How much of this money will be invested in saving the Indochinese tiger, you think?

#tiger #tigernews

Joe Exotic, tiger killer

Former Zookeeper Sentenced to 22 Years in Murder-for-Hire Plot.

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Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic, was convicted of trying to hire someone to kill an animal-rights activist in Florida.

An Oklahoma man who once ran a tiger petting zoo was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in a federal prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill an animal-rights activist who had criticized the zoo’s treatment of animals and for killing five tiger cubs.

The man, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, 56, was convicted last April on two counts of murder-for-hire, eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma said in a statement.

Commentary

This sorry excuse for a human being is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic.

He is sentenced for imprisonment for 22 years because of murdering tigers, plotting to murder Carole Baskin (founder of Big Cat Rescue) and for falsifying wildlife records.

Justice is done in this case. Now more justice needs to be done for another 7,000 captive tigers in the USA.

#tiger #tigernews

Poisoned tiger

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Indian Express, India

4 tigers found dead in Goa sanctuary, Centre names 2-member probe team.

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In what is believed to be a case of poisoning, four tigers, including two cubs, were found dead in the Mahadei Wildlife Sanctuary of Goa, situated close to Khanapur over the last few days, triggering outrage among wildlife activists across the region. The Goa government has now ordered a detailed inquiry into the issue.

The spate of deaths have caused a huge dent on the image of Mahadei Wildlife Sanctuary (MWS), which is a tiger corridor. After the carcasses of the four tigers were recovered between Sunday and Wednesday, in Gulaveli village of Sattari taluk in Goa, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has constituted a two-member probe team. The team of Rajendra Garawad, AIG, NTCA, RO Bengaluru, and the Regional Deputy Director (western region, Mumbai) has been directed to submit its report within a week.

Commentary

In Goa (India) a whole tiger family of four and another tiger were poisoned. The alleged villagers have been arrested.

A probe team was formed by the Ministry of Environment, probably to calm down the uproar. They should have report back within one week but now, after two weeks, the outcomes still have to be presented.

This tragedy shows us that many politicians just use these kinds of incidents for their own benefits.

In this case: keep the masses quiet.

#tiger #tigernews

Vidya Balan - Avni tigress

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India, Outlook India

Vidya Balan To Star In A Film On Maharashtra's Tigress Avni.

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After Shakuntala Devi, Vidya will be seen playing a forest officer in the production house’s next venture, that will revolve around the controversial case of tigress Avni.

In November 2018, Maharashtra’s tigress Avni became a hot topic of disccusion after she was killed. The tigress had rumoured to have turned a man-eater and killed 13 people in the district’s Pandharkawda area. Her killing had caused a huge stir, leading to a national debate about her. A lot of people had different viewpoints on the issue.

Commentary

The killing of Avni is one of the most controversial moments in Indian tiger conservation.

Lots of people are still not pleased with the outcomes of the investigations and demand new investigations and justice.

Now Avni is being the centre piece of a new movie, in which Indian star actress Vidya Balan will play the role of a forest officer.

The movie will undoubtedly raise new questions on the killing of Avni.

#tiger #tigernews

Indochinese tiger

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United Kingdom, Oxford University

New study confirms the importance of tiger population in Thailand Forest Complex.

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A new scientific survey has reinforced the importance of one of the world’s only remaining breeding populations of Indochinese tigers and provided evidence of tiger cubs in eastern Thailand’s Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex.

The study by researchers from the Department of Zoology’s WildCRU, published in Biological Conservation, discusses findings first announced in 2017 that the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex supports a critically important breeding population of tigers.

Commentary

A new survey shows again that it’s important to have tigers. No news in that.

But did you know that the Indochinese tiger already is wiped out in China, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam?

Well, it is true. Only 221 are still left, spread over Myanmar (where they have to face grave dangers from Chinese poachers) and Thailand.

The world doesn’t need more reports. It needs action from governments to stop poaching and illegal trade.

#tiger #tigernews

Trapped Sumatran tiger

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Indonesia, Temco.co

Trapped Sumatran Tiger to be Moved to Lampung

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South Sumatra Governor Herman Deru confirmed that a Sumatran tiger (Pantera Tigris Sumatrae), trapped in Semendo Darat Ulu Sub-district, Muara Enim District, South Sumatra Province, will be moved to Lampung.

The Sumatran forest, as a habitat of tigers, must be protected, Deru stated here on Tuesday.

The governor believed that owing to habitat destruction, the tiger, in search of food, had entered a nearby village and triggered a sense of fear and panic among the local villagers.

Commentary

Another tiger taken from the Sumatran forests, because it was looking for food.

Tigers are losing their habitat fast. They lack food and place to live.

The palmoil industry, backed up by the Indonesian government, is gaining more and more control over Sumatran forests.

Who is gonna stop this?

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Time Out

We Take A Time Out.

Dear Tiger Advocates,

The good news is: in the last 7 months more than 1 million people have read the news we have distributed about tigers. We are proud that our activities to raise awareness on all kinds of tiger issues are supported by so many of you!

The sad news is: we will temporarily stop with the distributing of tiger news.

We are currently working on a groundbreaking tiger conservation project and that consumes all of our time and our attention.

As soon as we can we will resume our activities to raise awareness on tiger issues!

Thank you all for your support.

All the best,

Chris Slappendel
(founder IAT Tiger Platform)

Forest

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India – The New Indian Express

Women in the wild: Here are five ladies who have dedicated their lives to saving forests.

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While there are many crusaders, here are five women who have dedicated their lives in saving our forests and wild animals for a greener future.

Latika Nath: Known as India’s tiger princess, Latika is the country’s first wildlife biologist to hold a doctorate on tigers. She is just a tiger conservationist, and a wildlife photographer who, at seven, knew that she wanted to be an ecologist. Latika’s work has been featured in a documentary called The Tiger Princess and another programme called Wild Things. She has also contributed to films like Sita’s Story and A Tale of Two Tigers.

Commentary

Many people work in (tiger) conservation. But not many women.

This article gives the credits to a few of them, giving their best to save our tigers or our forests.

A big thank you!

#tiger #tigernews

Sumatra tiger

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Indonesia – Mongabay

‘Timebomb’: Fires devastate tiger and elephant habitat in Sumatra.

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Recent dry-season fires that raged across Indonesia in September and October have taken a toll on forests, even in protected areas. Fires were particularly destructive in southern Sumatra, burning around 8 percent of Sembilang National Park, according to satellite data and local observers.

The fires, along with illegal logging in the area and the conversion of secondary forest and shrub land to oil palm plantations, continue to threaten critically endangered wildlife such as the Sumatran elephant, a subspecies of the Asian elephant, and the Sumatran tiger. Endangered Malay tapir, as well as several common primate species, are also known to inhabit the park area.

Until recently no known elephant populations existed in Sembilang National Park, but a study published in May in the journal Biovalentia: Biological Research uncovered four individual elephants in the park over six days of observation early early 2019.

Commentary

Sad news from Sumatra. Due to many forest fires, provoked by humans, more and more habitat of tigers is lost.

This article gives an insight on how the situation on Sumatra is.

#tiger #tigernews

Captive US Tigers

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USA – National Geographic

Captive tigers in the U.S. outnumber those in the wild. It's a problem.

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Their squawks echoed from inside the neat, ranch-style home, sounding more like parrots than tiger cubs. Then James Garretson carried Hulk into the living room, where the McCabe family waited on the couch. The kids giggled as he placed the squirming cub on nine-year-old Ariel’s lap and pushed a baby bottle into its mouth. “Hold the bottle, just like that. You got it?” She nodded.

Everyone beamed, fondling Hulk’s rough, striped fur as Garretson hovered nearby. The 12-week-old, cocker spaniel-size cat clutched the bottle in his oversize paws, sucking with wild enthusiasm. When the bottle was empty, the cub wandered onto the coffee table and swatted our photo gear.

Garretson lured him back with another bottle to give Ariel’s five-year-old brother, James, a turn. Then the rambunctious cub leaped off the sofa, grabbed me from behind, gripped my legs with surprising strength, and tore five-inch scratches into my thighs. He sank his claws in and held on. Garretson peeled him off, and all made light of it with nervous laughs. Playful. Just acting like a kitten.

 

Commentary

Next to China and Thailand the United States of America is displaying an absolute disrespect to tigers, an endangered animal.

This excellent article not only gives an insight of how tigers are abused but also how the black market is growing and growing, even with trade lines to Thailand and China.

#tiger #tigernews

Ginger Sturgeon

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USA – Stock Daily Dish

Rare tiger cubs at Pittsburgh Zoo being hand-raised.

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Zoo keepers at The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium on Tuesday showed off the twin male and female endangered Amur cubs, which were born Sept. 25. The keepers had noticed the cubs’ mother wasn’t caring for them 24 hours after their birth and decided to remove them.

In a few weeks the cubs will transfer to one of the zoo’s cat buildings, where they will be able to see, hear and smell other cats. The goal is to reunite them with their mother or get them a substitute mother.

Commentary

After giving birth to her cubs a tigress rejected them.

The question is: is it logical for a mother to reject her children after being forced to get pregnant?

#tiger #tigernews

Tigress Avni Dead

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India – Mid-Day.com

Mumbai: Murderous hunters won't tranquilise tigers anymore.

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The era of bloodthirsty shikaris (hunters) invited by forest departments of various states to shoot wild animals in conflict with humans is set to end, as the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has introduced new guidelines for this. As per the rules, a confirmed problem animal should be eliminated only by a government department sharp-shooter and not trigger-happy outsiders as in the case of tigress T1 who was killed last year.

However, wildlife conservationists, experts and veterinarians say that as per section 11(1)(a) of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, the Chief Wildlife Warden (CWLW) has the authority to declare any wild animal as a threat to human life and hence fit to be killed – but can invite a private hunter. They say only the new NTCA guidelines should now be followed.

Commentary

The NTCA admits a mistake they made earlier (hiring outside and trgigger-happy gunmen) with a modification of their guidelines:

no more shikaris!

#tiger #tigernews

AirAsia tiger

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Hong Kong – Marketing

AirAsia unveils ‘Save Our Malayan Tiger’ livery to champion wildlife conservation.

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AirAsia has unveiled a special “Save our Malayan Tiger” aircraft livery to bring the Malaysian government’s wildlife conservation campaign to life.

According to a press release, the livery forms part of AirAsia’s ongoing sustainability efforts to support conservation and environmental programmes, and would encourage millions of people to pledge their support for the cause. The Airbus A320 aircraft livery was launched by the minister of water, land and natural resources Yang Berhormat and Xavier Jayakumar alongside AirAsia group CEO Tony Fernandes and AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat in Sepang.

Commentary

Air Asia is helping the efforts of the Malayan government with saving the Malayan tiger a redesign of one of its airlines.

It raises a big question: where is Tiger Air? This company has been using the name of the tiger for many years WITHOUT giving back anything to tigers.

They even broke their promise to invest in tiger conservation, a promise made in 2013.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger in New Jersey

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USA – The Philadelphia Inquirer

A New Jersey man’s attempt to buy a $6,800 tiger-skin rug for a ‘safari room’ landed him in prison for six hours.

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Loren Varga loves tigers.

He loves them so much, he coveted the pelt of a dead one to decorate the floor of his home.

And on Wednesday, that years-long fixation landed the 61-year-old New Jersey man behind bars for six hours.

A federal judge sentenced Varga — a world traveler, antiques collector, and radiological technician at Merck and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital — to one day in prison and two years’ probation. It was the culmination of an embarrassing year that saw him caught in a sting operation trying to illegally purchase a $6,800 tiger-skin rug and then pleading guilty to his crimes.

Commentary

The USA makes itself ridiculous again when it comes to tigers.

A man in New Jersey that bought a skin of a dead tiger, was arrested for it only got six hours of prison time.

The judge knew that the man knew it was illegal but she refused to do her work properly.

The judge said her main concern was deterring poachers and purchasers like Varga.

Six hours.

Unbelievable…

#tiger #tigernews

 

Police officer Malaysia

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Malaysia – The Sun Daily

Malaysian villagers believed to be aiding foreign poachers.

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Local villagers including the indigenous communities are believed to be aiding foreign wildlife poachers in stealing rich flora and fauna from Malaysian forests.

Federal police Internal Security and Public Order deputy director Commissioner Datuk Zainal Abidin Kasim said authorities believe there are Malaysians who harbour such poachers by providing them shelter and transport to targeted areas at local forests.

Commentary

Malaysia seems to be naive, thinking that only foreigners poach in Malaysia. Of course some villagers help them, for money.

The biggest problem however is not the many poachers but the shrinking habitat of tigers, caused by the ever-increasing palm oil industry.

Why don’t we hear about that?

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger penis

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Singapure – The New Paper

Animal products to avoid in Traditional Chinese medicine.

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In pursuit of well-being and health, many of us are open to all forms of cures – some more ethical than others.

While Chinese medicine has been around for centuries and has its benefits, remedies that involve animal products that

foster the illegal trafficking industry have to come to an end.

Not just because they are directly harming animals, but also because they are endangering them to the point of extinction, often with no proven medicinal benefits as well.

Commentary

Wild animals are an important ingredients for Tradtional Chinese Medicines. Why? Because people believe in it – the placebo effect.

But scientifically there is no value in using animals in medicines for people. On the contrary.

Due to TCM many wild animals have been haunted into (near) extinction, with large profits for TCM companies and Chinese mafia.

So please, either stop using TCM or demand that the use of wild animals in TCM is banned.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Nut Market

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United Kingdom – United Report Gazette

Tiger Nut Market Import-Export Ratio, Share, Expansion Rate Forecast To 2025| TIGERNUTS TRADERS, S.L., The Tiger Nut Company Ltd.

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A new report has been added by CMFE Insights on the global Tiger Nut market that shed light on the effective examination techniques. It provides a detailed description on the dynamic view of the market which has different perspectives. This report summarizes about the technologies, which can help to scale up the growth of the businesses in the near future.

Tiger Nut Market is increasing at a healthy CAGR of XX% during Forecast period 2019-2025.

 
 

Commentary

Tiger nuts are very popular nuts.

Not only because they taste wonderful but also because they look a bit like tigers. And anything that looks like tigers, is popular and interesting for selling.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Travel

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India – Times of India

1,160 & 450km: Two trekking tigers walk into record books.

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Two young male tigers, both on epic journeys of their own, are walking their way into record books. One has logged 1,160km so far and the other 450km, which are among the longest recorded distances covered by any tiger in the country.
 
C1, a radio-collared tiger from Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Pandharkawda in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal had stepped out of the sanctuary in search of a new “home” on June 21, 2019, after being radio-collared on February 27, 2019. It has so far travelled 1,160km through six districts in two states, Telangana and Maharashtra , moving through human-dominated landscapes virtually without being seen.

Commentary

Two young male tigers went out for a walk, independently of each other. Both have walked a considerable distance: one did 1160 km and the other 450 km.

One might wonder why they travel so far?

#tiger #tigernews

USA Tigers

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United Kingdom – The Guardian

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There are more tigers in American gardens than there are left in the wild. Alex Hannaford meets the owners who live cheek by jowl with their pets, and also those ensuring the big cats are treated without cruelty.

t was the sort of headline impossible to scroll past: “Pot Smokers Find Caged Tiger in Abandoned Houston House, Weren’t Hallucinating: Police.” Last February, a group of people had snuck into a deserted house in Texas’s largest city to smoke marijuana when they stumbled upon a full-grown tiger in a cage – a cage secured by just a nylon strap and a screwdriver.

Sergeant Jason Alderete of Houston Police Department’s animal cruelty unit, later told a local TV station: “It wasn’t the effects of the drugs. There was an actual tiger!” The animal was given a name, Loki, and sent to an animal sanctuary in the country, run by the Humane Society of the United States. You’d be forgiven for thinking Loki’s experience was an isolated incident – it isn’t.

 
 

Commentary

USA is one of three countries of the axis of tiger evil. After China and Thailand, the US shows us time and time again how tigers and other big cats are being abused.

If President Donald Trump would have balls, he would create better circumstances for tigers (and other captive animals) in the USA.

Just to make America great again.

#tiger #tigernews

China tiger hunter

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China – South China Post Magazine

Trophy hunters like boastful William Lord Smith pushed the big cat towards extinction in China and Southeast Asia; greed and growth hastened its end.

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In early 1903, a 40-year-old big-game hunter, Dr William Lord Smith, who had stalked Kodiak bears in Alaska and shot lions, tigers, elephants and rhinos from the safety of a hot-air balloon in Africa, heard there were man-eating beasts roaming the hills of Fujian province. The American was immediately gripped by the prospect of bagging a

South China tiger.
 
Swarthy, moustachioed Smith set off, stopping in Japan and Manchuria before sailing down the China coast to the port of Amoy (now Xiamen). He rested a few days in the European enclave of Gulangyu Island, where between cleanings of his prized hunting rifles, he hit it off with a local tiger hunter named Taikoff, whom Smith tasked with assembling bearers, a cook and men who knew the villages and monasteries of the interior.
 
The deal was simple – 30 cents a day per man, an extra $5 any day a tiger was killed.

Commentary

Historical insight on what happened in the old days with tigers in China.

With trophy hunters starring in a bad movie.

#tiger #tigernews

Starving tiger

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United Kingdom – Mail Online

Starving tigers found covered in excrement in tiny cages in lorry during exhausting transfer from Italy to Russian circus are recovering in Polish zoo after dramatic rescue operation.

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Nine stranded tigers who were found emaciated and dehydrated after they were shipped from Italy are slowly recovering thanks to two Polish zoos.

The tigers endured a gruelling journey through Europe last month during which a tenth feline died.

The big cats were found starving and covered in their own excrement in cages while being transported to a circus in Russia. 

But seven are now eating and have received vitamins and mineral salts at one of the zoos in Poznan, western Poland.

Commentary

Thanks to the care of Polish zoo keepers 9 out of 10 in Belarus stranded tigers are doing a bit better.

Last week 10 tigers were found in an Italian truck, on its way to Russian Dagestan. The tigers were neglected all the way, without food, and were in a terrible state, most of them without the will to live (with one tiger that died).

Now they are doing better and will eventually, after they regain their strength, be transported to Spain, where they can live the rest of their lives in a special facility of St. Aap, a Dutch rescue center.

Now it is also time to seek the for the answers to important questions:

– why does Italy have tiger breeding centers?
– who is responsible for treating 10 endangered animals this way?
– who is going to pay for the costs for the recovery?
– where will the ones responsible be trialed?

We’ll keep you updated.

[see the photos and videos in the original article]

#tiger #tigernews

 

Avni cubs

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India – Times of India

Over 1-year-old hunt to capture T1’s cub to end.

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The longest-ever hunt, to capture Pandharkawda tigress T1 aka Avni’s male tiger cub (C1), will end as the tiger seems to have settled down, and there has not been any case of conflict over the last one year.

The cub is also not dependent on baits anymore. Sources said forest officials too are now contemplating whether the cub still needs to be captured, especially when it is not killing baits or cattle. It is also not involved in conflict with humans.

State chief wildlife warden Nitin H Kakodkar said, “No decision in this regard has been taken yet. We are still monitoring the animal.”

 

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/over-1-year-old-hunt-to-capture-t1s-cub-to-end/articleshow/71929604.cms

Commentary

A tiger cub, that saw his mother being shot, was on the run for more than a year.

A.K. Mishra, the responsible man for killing Avni, also ordered to shoot her cubs.

But now one year later, the male cub still is on the loose and not causing any problems.

Now within the Forest Department and the Indian tiger authority talks are going on what to do with the cub.

There is only one answer possible of course: just leave him alone.

#tiger #tigernews

NH766 Tiger Highway

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India – Mongabay

Much ado about a highway.

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T. Balachandra, Conservator of Forests and Field Director, Project Tiger, Bandipur, is a worried man. Close on the heels of a massive protest in neighbouring Kerala, over the rumoured closure of the highway that connects it with Karnataka through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, he had to oversee the capture of a tiger that had strayed into a village in the Gopalaswamy Betta range of the Bandipur reserve and killed a dozen cattle and two men, causing panic all around.

He does not see both these cases as mutually exclusive. “A highway through the park is a linear intrusion and a huge stressor for the animals. There are ecological impacts to it. It’s not just about roadkills,” he says, adding that human-animal conflict was on the rise in the villages on the peripheries of the reserve. “The department has paid Rs 1.5 crore (Rs. 15 million) as compensation for the crop damaged by the animals apart from the ex-gratia paid for deaths from the conflict,” he added.

Commentary

A highway that runs through a tiger reserve divides India. Students want to keep the road because it shortens their travel time and conservationists want to have an alternative road, backed up by a court verdict.

Let’s hope there will be a solution soon.

Panna tigers

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India – The Better India

0 to 54: The Untold Story of How Panna Got Her Tigers Back in Just 10 Years.

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In 2009, there were no tigers left in Panna Tiger Reserve. What happened in the next 10 years is really heartwarming at a time when the world’s tiger population is under a serious threat. #WildIndia #Respect

Set up in 1981, Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh became a tiger reserve in early 1994. Fifteen years later, in 2008, Panna’s official tiger count stood at a shocking zero.

The revelation created a public furore, with forest department officials facing a nationwide backlash. They stood dejected; the damning statistics shattered their morale. The state committee set up to probe into the matter suggested the transfer of all the existing forest officials at Panna. But IFS officer R Sreenivasa Murthy, the newly instated Director of Panna Tiger Reserve, opposed the move, stating that the current officials already possessed a hands-on knowledge of Panna and her tigers. 

Commentary

Panna Tiger Reserve in India had lost all its tigers in 2008. But due to perseverance, understanding the local tribes and conservation and cooperation with government and NGOs, the reserve is back on track. And how!

Nowadays more than 50 tigers roam in Panna Tiger Reserve.

A job well done and an example for many countries!

#tiger #tigernews

Vietnamese students

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USA – One Green Planet

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A recent study found that one-fifth of vertebrates on land are affected by the wildlife trade. The wildlife trade is driving extinction for many species. Earth is currently in the midst of the sixth mass extinction — so many species are at risk of being gone forever. And yet, the illegal wildlife trade still thrives, with poachers relentlessly killing animals and consumers paying ludicrous amounts of money for products that are derived from animals. Elephants are killed for their ivory tusks, rhinos for their horns, pangolins for their meat and hard scales, hawksbill sea turtles for their shells, and sadly many more animals for their body parts that only they really need.

Commentary

Vietnam is one of the worst countries when it comes to wildlife. It’s a hub for wildlife trade and a passage to China. But also there is a huge demand from Vietnamese people as well.

To prevent kids to do the same as some of their stupid parents, an estimated 4 million school children a year in Viet Nam aged 6 to 11 years old will be taught lessons for the first time ever in threatened wildlife such as rhinos, elephants, pangolins, tiger, hornbills and primates in an effort to tackle illegal wildlife trade.

The national curriculum initiative is a collaboration between Humane Society International, the Viet Nam Management Authority for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, and the Department of Political Affairs and Students.

What a great initiative!

#tiger #tigernews

B_Baiga-march

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India – The Wire

How the FRA Is the Last Line Against the Environment Ministry's Arbitrariness.

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Forests were originally a state subject but were elevated in 1976 to the Centre’s attention by bringing them under the concurrent list (42nd amendment to the Constitution). So forest and wildlife, once with the Ministry of Agriculture, became the full-fledged Ministry of Environment and Forests in 1985, and included climate change in 2014. 

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) is today tasked with protecting and conserving the country’s natural resources – its biodiversity, forests and wildlife – and with controlling pollution.

However, its longstanding authority over forests came to an unceremonious end in March 2006 when the Centre moved “all matters, including legislation, relating to the rights of forest dwelling Schedule Tribes on forest lands ” to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, to the delight of forest-dwellers across the country. However, the MoEFCC refuses to heed this order and continues to defy the law and by extension Parliament.

Commentary

India wants to save tigers and to protect them they want humans out of the tiger areas.

So humans living in the areas are being translocated. But they don’t want that and protest about it.

So the situation in India is getting more intense.

But remember: There are only app. 2967 in India. And 1,371,255,893 humans living in India, absorbing more and more tiger and other wildlife habitat.

#tiger #tigernews

UN Awards

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UN Environment

5 winners take home Environmental Enforcement Awards for service to environmental protection.

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Customs, parks and law enforcement officials from China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, and Singapore have been named recipients of the 2019 Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards. The winners of the Awards are recognized by the United Nations and INTERPOL for their exceptional contribution to fighting transboundary environmental crime.

From taking down a notorious tiger poacher to choking the illegal flow of ozone-depleting substances, this year’s winners have been lauded for their achievements in the categories of collaboration, impact, innovation, integrity, and gender leadership.

“One of the keys to fighting transboundary crime is cooperation,” said Dechen Tsering, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific. “By working together, officials from across Asia have been able to make a dent in illegal activity that tears at the foundations of society: our planet. We need guardians like them to put paid to the criminal activity that is harming our home.”

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The UN is the diplomatic institution of al diplomatic institutions, we all know that.

And once in a while the UN gives awards to people or organisations that did a good job.

But also in this case the UN is diplomatic. By giving it to a selected group of countries – of course the biggest and most influential ones (China, India, Singapore). And to please the smaller countries, one was also received by Laos.

But what about the great work in Bangladesh, i.e. tracking down more than 100 poacher pirates? Or Malaysia, where the government has finally decided to take the necessary steps to save the Malayan tiger from extinction?

Maybe one day….

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Sundari tiger

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India – Odisha TV

One Year On, Tigress Sundari Still Leads A Caged Life.

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Even as one year has passed since Royal Bengal tigress Sundari was kept in an enclosure, the State Forest department is yet to take any decision for release of the captive big cat into the wild.

Sundari which was shifted to Odisha’s Satkosia Tiger Reserve from Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh under the first ever inter-State tiger translocation project in the country in August 2018 was relocated to an enclosure on November 6, 2018 after public outrage over reports of its attack on humans and animals.

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Sundari, the tigress that caused an uproar in villages around the area she lived, after attacking humans and animals, was taken from the wild one year ago.

To date nothing has changed. The State Forest Department is afraid to make a decision: either conservationists complain or villagers complain.

But time is running out for Sundari, still condemned to live her life in an enclosure.

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