Stop Plan to Rent Endangered Tigers to Wealthy Citizens

Target: Mr. Dana A. Kartakusuma, Special Advisor to the Minister on Economic and Sustainable Development Affairs of Indonesia

Goal: Stop “conservation” plan that involves renting out endangered Sumatran tigers to wealthy citizens

Less than 400 members of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger species remain in the wild. To address this issue, Indonesian officials have proposed a “conservation plan” that involves allowing wealthy citizens to keep tigers as pets for a fee of around $107,000 per pair of cats.

The sustainable and more sensible solution would be to offer direct and specific protection (from both loss of habitat and from poaching) to the critically endangered tigers. Renting out the few remaining members of an endangered species, however, is not an effective method of helping the tigers, as it will create a demand for them to be taken from the wild at an even faster rate than before.

We must tell Indonesia to abstain from renting out their critically endangered tigers as pets and instead keep them in the wild and preserve what little natural habitat remains through the banning of logging. If we do not take action soon, the Sumatran tiger, like the Bali and Javan tigers, will become extinct in the wild.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Dana A. Kartakusuma,

Less than 400 members of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger species remain in the wild. To counteract this dismal statistic, Indonesian officials have proposed a “conservation plan” that focuses on allowing opulent citizens to extract wild tigers from their natural habitats and keep them captive as pets for a fee of around $107,000 per pair of cats.

A more sustainable and more sensible solution would be to offer direct and specific protection to the critically endangered tigers, sheltering them from both loss of habitat and from poaching. Renting out these endangered tigers is not an effective conservation strategy, as it will increase a demand for the tigers, and they will be taken from the wild at an even faster rate than before.

We demand that Indonesia abstain from renting out their critically endangered tigers as pets and instead keep them in the wild, preserving what little natural habitat remains through a logging ban. If you do not take action soon, the Sumatran tiger will be faced with the same fate as the Bali and Javan tigers and will become extinct in the wild.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Tambako The Jaguar via flickr

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5 Comments

  1. J Davidson says:

    Totally absurd!! These animals are not pets. Leave them alone in their natural habitats.

  2. This is absolutely the WORST IDEA EVER!! Tigers are WILD ANIMALS!! They ARE NOT PETS!! Talk about ridiculous!! I will continue to spread the word on the plight of our endangered tigers!!

  3. Veronica-Mae says:

    There are many opportunities (e.g.IFAW) to adopt endangered animals which is the sensible way to go. If these people have so much money they can adopt a tiger and receive regular updates of its progress. That way it will be “theirs” but still in the wild and perhaps they will then think about and promote the improvement of its habitat. How do we get this message to the Indonesian people ?

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