I am a tiger advocate


Tigers are one of the most popular animals in the world. And also, one of  the most threatened with extinction. One sub-species is extinct in the wild (South China tiger) and three other sub-species are already completely extinct (the Balinese, Javan and Caspian tiger).
Saving tigers needs a deep understanding of the causes. Next to this, you need people that are willing to step up as tiger advocates, publicly support or recommend a particular cause or policy, and willing to go the extra mile.
“I Am A Tiger Advocate” (IATA) was founded to save tigers and is focusing on changing the culture with regard to tigers. It is an initiative that accelerates other tiger-saving activities, like anti-poaching, conservation, animal welfare activism, closing down tiger farming, stopping the tiger-selfie trend, and sustainable tiger tourism.
This manifest explains how we see an ideal world with tigers, a world we believe is feasible and realistic. Not in one or two years, but in 15 to 20 years.
I pledge to be a tiger advocate. I am willing to step up for tigers and I am willing to walk the extra mile to (fundamentally) change the way tigers are living and treated now.
Chris Slappendel
Chris Slappendel
Founder I Am A Tiger Advocate

We believe in a world:

  • Where tigers can roam freely in their habitats, without any negative interference of humans.
  • Where no tiger is caged.
  • Where education about tigers is done via modern and best-available educational practices.
  • Where the funding of tiger habitats is taken care of by governments, individuals, NGOs, companies.
  • Where the protection is taken care of by an international, independent supranational organization.
  • Where the funding and protection of tiger habitats is taken care of by governments, IGOs, individuals, NGOs, companies.
  • Where the human culture is supportive of tigers in the wild and opposing of tigers in captivity.

We believe that tigers are entitled to the existing five animal rights and to solely profit from its own name or characteristics:

  • Animal right one: Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
  • Animal right two: Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  • Animal right three: Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  • Animal right four: Freedom to express (most) normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
  • Animal right five: Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment to avoid mental suffering.
  • Brand rights of wildlife: The right of every wild animal to be represented for the commercial use of its name, image, likeness, or any other identifying aspect of their identity in order to create funding for its survival.

In an ideal tiger world, we see the following:

  • Tigers live freely in restricted but large areas around the world, on all main continents.These areas are managed by a special, authorized body that decides on everything concerning those areas.The governing of this body is done by a board, consisting of ecologists, biologists, business men, politicians, religious leaders, the UN and leading law enforcement agencies.
  • Zoos have been phased out. All tigers in zoos have died of natural causes or been transferred to tiger sanctuaries. During the transition period, zoos were not allowed to breed new tigers.
  • Circuses are forbidden to use real tigers in shows.
  • White tiger breeding is not allowed. This means that white tigers will disappear unless they are born in the wild. 
  • Keeping tigers as pets is not allowed and is not existing anymore.
  • Breeding tigers is not allowed, unless for vital conservation purposes. This means that tiger farming, farming for pets, breeding for zoos or circuses is not allowed.
  • It is not allowed to use tiger photos unless a fee is being paid to help finance the survival of tigers.
  • It is not allowed to use tiger characteristics (like name, colors, prints, sounds) unless a fee is being paid to help finance the survival of tigers.
  • It is not allowed to hunt or poach tigers.
  • It is not allowed to smuggle tigers, dead or alive, or tiger parts.
  • It is not allowed to trade tigers, dead or alive, or tiger parts.
  • Tiger habitat destruction is not allowed, in any way. 
  • Entering a tiger habitat is not allowed, in any way, unless it is for taking photos or making video, for which people or organizations pay money 
  • to help finance the survival of tigers.
  • Education about tigers is done via the best-available modern educational practices.
  • Fundraising for the survival and protection of tigers (and habitats) is done via donors, NGOs, governments and companies.

In order to reach this ideal world ideal behavior is wanted:

  • People respect tigers as animals that need or help. Tigers are not seen as mythical figures with super (natural) powers.
  • If people see something that is contrary to this manifest, it is reported transparently so action can be taken.
  • People can talk in all openness about problems that are related to reaching an ideal tiger world.
  • People have the will to change the current system into an ideal tiger world.
  • People and organizations are willing to leave egos behind to create a better world for tigers.

Our final words:

There is no manual or blueprint for saving tigers.

This manifest only helps to make the right decisions.