Int’l Tiger Day: Illegal trade has led to loss of 97% of wild tiger population

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The Siberian tiger is an endangered (EN) tiger subspecies. Three tiger subspecies are already extinct. Photo by Dave Pape

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (WTA) is a coalition of more than 70 leading nonprofits and companies working together to stop the illegal trade of wildlife. LiveAuctioneers is proud to be a supporter.

Today, on International Tiger Day, the WTA asks all nations and individuals to recognize the plight of tigers, a critically endangered species that cannot survive without global cooperation to protect them. Tigers are one of the most threatened victims of illegal trade. In the last century, 97% of the wild tiger population has disappeared, and fewer than 4,000 tigers remain in the wild. Of the eight subspecies of tiger, three are already extinct.

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WTA uses International Tiger Day to raise awareness about the demand and illegal trade of tigers. Private ownership of tigers and other big cats is a serious animal welfare and conservation problem. Encourage your legislators to support the Big Cat Public Safety Act (HR 263/ S 1210), which would strengthen existing law to prohibit the possession of tigers, lions and other big cat species except by qualified entities.

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