Target: President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Goal: Protect critically endangered Sumatran tigers from habitat loss and illegal poaching
One of the smallest tiger subspecies in the world, the Sumatran tiger is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Although Sumatran tigers are technically protected by local anti-poaching laws, habitat loss and illegal poaching have led to a serious decline in the tigers’ already perilously low population. Today, fewer than 400 tigers inhabit the island of Sumatra. Immediate protection of the Sumatran tiger is necessary to save this majestic animal.
More than 75 percent of Sumatran tigers are killed by poachers for commercial gain, resulting in approximately 40 deaths each year. Even though Indonesian law guarantees that convicted poachers are faced with jail time and hefty fines, there is no evidence that tiger poaching has declined significantly in the last 20 years and a substantial market for tiger parts and products still remains in Asia.
While conservation efforts have intensified in Sumatra, the tigers’ habitat has been drastically reduced due to deforestation for agricultural and urban development. From 1985 to 1997, the Sumatran tiger lost more than 25,000 square miles of habitat and illegal timber harvesting threatens to destroy what is left of the tigers’ home. Even Sumatra’s national parks have become isolated from one another as a result of forest conversion.
Accelerating deforestation and rampant poaching will lead to the extinction of this noble creature unless drastic measures are taken to ensure its safety. By signing this petition, you will be encouraging government officials to closely monitor the Sumatran tiger population, strictly enforce local anti-poaching laws that are currently in place, and prevent the deforestation of their crucial habitat.
Dear President Yudhoyono,
While I commend your country for its efforts to protect the critically endangered Sumatran tiger, including sentencing proven poachers to jail time and forcing them to pay steep fines, more must be done if we are to save the few tigers that are left from their currently inevitable extinction.
Illegal poaching and timber harvesting have threatened the existence of this majestic creature, and as a result, fewer than 400 remain. Increasing Sumatran tiger surveillance efforts to gather intelligence against wildlife crime would increase the risks involved with poaching and hopefully deter participants of this illegal and immoral activity. Identifying crucial habitats and declaring them as national areas would also help protect the tiger population in Sumatra.
If anti-poaching laws can be more strictly enforced and the clearance of forests can be halted, the Sumatran tiger population could eventually increase and be saved from extinction. Please do all that you can to closely monitor the Sumatran tiger population, more strictly enforce local anti-poaching laws and help prevent the deforestation of the tigers’ crucial habitat.
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