In a major victory for conservation, raising captive tigers for trade in their parts was rejected last week by members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in The Hague.
Parties to the international wildlife convention also urged China to phase out its large-scale commercial tiger farms.
Prior to the decision WWF and other conservation organizations unveiled the massive two-storey-high tiger mosaic, made up of more than 26,000 of your photos, outside the conference centre urging world leaders to end all trade in tigers. Delegates had to walk past the mosaic on their way to the tiger debate.
4 countries with wild tigers - India, Nepal, Russia and Bhutan - were joined by the United States in advocating for a strong decision for tigers. India called on China to phase out the country's privately run "tiger farms," which house nearly 5,000 big cats and are pushing the Chinese government to allow legal trade in tiger parts. With leadership from these countries, the 171 member countries of the CITES convention adopted a strong tiger trade decision by consensus.
China has said that it will not lift its ban without listening to scientific opinion from around the world. The world spoke and urged China not to reopen any trade in tiger parts and to increase protection for tigers in the wild.
This is great news!
Thank you to everyone who took action and added their photo to the tiger mosaic. Without your help this would not have been possible!
Dr Sue Lieberman
WWF Global Species Programme
P.S. Even though the tiger mosaic is now closed, there is still time to ask China to make its tiger trade ban permanent. Your thoughts will be personally conveyed to China's leaders.