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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Save Our Tigers - Part II

save the tigersAfter sparing serious thoughts, the biologists have placed the tigers (panthera tigris) at the top of the list of most important endangered animals that are presently facing the menace of extinction. This is become the center of focus for the most significant conservation efforts that have been or going to be made in the year 2010, being the tiger year. The slogan “Save our Tigers” has created a buzz across the web with the fall of 2010. Models and celebrities have stepped forward alongside the many organizations and companies to raise their roars for “Save our Tigers”. Noble job indeed! But can this really make any difference? We, being animal lovers, have been blogging on animals and have posted our thoughts about Save our Tigers campaign. But we hardly feel that we can make any difference in the present situation that tigers across the globe are facing theses days! Yes… the tiger traders are quite aware of the fact that tigers are facing the threat of extinction and they are sure to find a place in museums if trading is not stopped. Who cares?? We, at In Love of Animals, don’t expect them to spare minutes on this blog and think about the poor animals. We have spared serious thoughts on the issue and raised our roars for the campaign in our post save our tigers. What we have written there is what we mean!save the tigers

Diane Walkington, the head of species program for the WWF in the UK said, “this year has been designated the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations and so we have created a list of 10 critically important endangered animals that we believe will need special monitoring over the next 12 months…” He added, “there is particular importance in selecting a creature such as the tiger for special attention. To save the tiger, we have to save its habitat – which is also home to many other threatened species. So if we get things right and save the tiger, we will also save many other species at the same time.” Right said Mr. Walkington. We have to save the habitat. But how? Who will stop cutting forest? What’s the meaning of these kind of campaigns like “Save our Tigers”, if the criminals are not caught and punished?

With only around 3,200 tigers left on the planet, as per the census report 2010 goes, what are the steps to protect them from extinction? Most probably the 2010 tiger census that had begun on January 22, 2010, will sharpen up the debate on resettling forest dwellers. While this will go definitely in favor of the conservation but this may spark up confusion regarding the settlement of the forest dwellers. The primary report laid by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) states, "the principle components that significantly contributed to explaining variation in tiger densities were primarily those containing information on tiger sign indices, prey indices, anthropogenic disturbances and wilderness values." Tigers have to be protected. Studies have shown that they indirectly protect the habitat for Indian Gaur, wild dogs, Sloth Bear, leopards, Sambhar, wild boars, Cheetal and Nilgai in the wild. The Indian government seems quite optimistic with the conservation methods this year about protecting the big cats, although the last census delivered a terribly shocking figure. The death of 59 tigers from January to November 2009 was really worrying.

Note: The all-India 2010 census on the tiger population is being conducted by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) as a joint effort. There had been allegations that the states had fudged tiger counts in the past, which is said to be varying somewhere between 1,165 and 1,657. This is why the present campaign to save the tigers opted for settling for an average figure which is 1,411 tigers.

Rajesh Gopal, the head of NTCA said, "for the first time, we will be using the double sampling method which will be a combination of using camera trapping of the big cat. We will also be using GIS maps to help factor in the habitat and the status of the forests."
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Save our Tigers

This post is made to support the petition, "save our tigers". Now the time has come for all hunters and animal lovers to come together for a common cause to save our tigers. Just 1411 tigers are left in India and as fewer as 350 are counting their days in the Mekong River region of Asia! The tiger population all over the world has slashed down at a shockingly alarming rate.

Nearly a century ago there were some 40,000 tigers that ruled the Indian subcontinent, said WWF. Poaching, wanton destruction of the natural habitat of the tigers and hunting of their natural prey are some of the major causes of the dire situation that threatens the existence of tigers across the globe today. But who doesn't know these things? What's the point of simply blogging and spreading awareness. I am sure such awareness programs will never work. Why? Because, everyone - every educated person across the world is quite aware of this threatening situation. We all know what is happening. We all know why tiger population has shrunk down so fast all over the world. I'm sure whoever is reading this post knows everything. So no point shouting about "Save our Tigers" across the web. Its a game that governments can only come up with an end. Here are just a few questions that I would like to be answered...
  • How many tiger traders were caught in the past 10 years?
  • How many tiger hunters have been hung to death in the past 10 years?
  • How many tree traders have been put behind the bar in the past 10 years?
  • If they can kill tigers, why cannot the security force kill them?
  • What steps have been taken against the paralyzed security system?
  • Why is it that in just 10 decades the tiger population in India has come down from 40,000 to 1411 despite spending so much time and money on of spreading awareness?
  • Why is it that even after knowing everything tigers in China are in the verge of extinction?
endangered animalsIf just shouting and blogging for the prevention of tigers would have been worthy enough, their wouldn't have questions for law, security and punishments! I would love to blog on Save Our Tigers all year round if it could be a real solution. Years are passing by without any remarkable changes in the conditions that are causing the tiger population shrink down at high pace.

Why despite of such awareness programs tigers and many other species are getting extinct?

This is not something that general mass can solve simply by spreading awareness on something that people are already aware of. Governments have to be more proactive and must change the way they have been looking to it. Laws and securities must be stronger and should not be just to know, but to implement too! Punishment.... if they can kill tigers, they MUST be killed too.
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tiger Year 2010 : Save the Tigers

Save Our Tigers

If you are an animal lover, you are on the right blog that talks about animals, prevention of cruelty to animals and any kind of information about animals. With the fall of 2010, the tiger year, the news about their existence has been so bad that it brought in wrinkles between our eyebrows!

There had been as many as 8 distinctive subspecies of tigers that could be found across the globe. Unfortunately three of them have already become extinct, and amongst the rest one is certain to become so within a short spell of time. Their range of existence used to be several pocket on the planet including Siberia, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan, China, India and southeast Asia, including the Indonesian islands. Sadly today, their population is severely on the wane, and just 1411 is left.

Better late than never. We still have time to spare thoughts over this. We can still do something to prevent tigers from going to museum and in the pages of history. If dogs can do, why can't we??? But my question is "what?" What can we really do? How? Will just spreading awareness work?

Stay tuned... I will share my serious thoughts.
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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Big cat's trade slashes down the tiger count in Asia

Hey folks... I have been into hibernation since long. Time has turned out to be really crucial for me and life got too busy! Work hard on creating a couple of dog websites -- one on German Shepherd Dogs (my dream breed) and the other on general info about dogs. Both these websites are going to be the richest online resources of their kind across the web. So, friends, I hope you can understand very well, how deeply involved I am into my projects.

Today I'm here to just run a report that popped up in my mail box this morning. Yes... a report on the tiger population in Asia! Just a meager number of wild tigers can be found in Asia. The wanton deforestation and tiger trade has turned out to be a menace to the existence of the majestic animal - the tigers. As fewer as only 350 tigers are remaining in the Mekong River region of Asia. This is what the new report from the conservation nonprofit WWF states. This tremendous loss in the number of tigers in this region has been driven by killing and illegal trading of these animals and their parts like bones, skins etc.

The tiger population in Southeast Asia has dropped by over 70% in just over a decade... claims the report run by the WWF. According to WWF there was an estimation of around 1200 tigers in that Greater Mekong region during the last “Year of the Tiger”, 1998. The Greater Mekong stretches a vast area including China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. So what are the governments doing to prevent the stiff fall in the tiger population from 1200 to 350 in that region? What is it that wipes out the existence of this majestic animal in some of the conservation projects that had been set up with an aim to protect them? Why is it that the enforcement of law against illegal poaching has had a limited success? What can be done to increase the awareness to stop tiger trading?

2010 is the Year of the Tiger, according to the Chinese Zodiac. Later this month, ministers from 13 tiger range countries are going to get together in Thailand for a to hold up a conference on tiger conservation.Let us hope for the best. The governments should agree on future requirement to resist the extinction of these big cats.
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