Save Tigers From Abusive Trade

Target: Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

Goal: Stop the unregulated trade of captive and dead tigers.

The commercial trade of captive tigers and their parts is both legal and out of control. Tigers born in Europe in captivity can still be traded for commercial purposes like circuses, for private keeping, or for photo opportunities. In some European countries you can even rent a tiger for a private party.

There is no clear count of the actual number of captive tigers and no significant overview of the trade of these animals. No organization, governmental or private, knows how many tigers are currently kept in Europe. They don’t know what happens to them during their lifetime or when they die. In some cases, these animals are being killed for use in traditional medicines or brews.

The world has already lost over 90% of its tigers. The dramatic decline is a result of a relentless demand for tigers either to be traded for their parts or used commercially. Legal trade poses an easy cover for illegal trade, which causes a real threat to the wild tiger population and encourages poaching. It is time to crack down on trade both legal and illegal of these endangered beasts who need our help now more than ever.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mrs. von der Leyen,

The legalized tiger trade in Europe is out of control. Tigers born into captivity are legally allowed to be traded for nearly any purpose, and because of the lack of governmental oversight can act as a cover for illegal trade. These animals are endangered, and it is vital that the EU works to improve the number of wild tigers, as well as the safety of the captive animals unable to be released into the wild.

There are likely less than 3,000 tigers left in the wild, and that number continues to dwindle. The legal trade of these captive beasts must be strictly monitored to protect and ensure the species survival. Please, establish a strict overview of tigers within the European Union.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Thomas B.


24 Comments

  1. Qendrese Elezi says:

    :*

  2. Rhtis cruel and barbaric

  3. what greed should be put in jail

  4. There is NO WAY this should be allowed to continue. Shame on any country that feels the need to profit at the cost of endangered animals’ lives. I wish the tourist trade would boycott the countries who do these cruel things and let the world know the reason they’re boycotting these countries.

  5. Basta ya de comercio,maltrato,crueldad etc etc…..

  6. Maria Bertrand says:

    Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

    This is disgusting beyond words!! Why are these tigers treated as commodities. THEY ARE LIVING BREATHING BEINGS THAT FEEL EVERYTHING…NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO SELL THEM!!!

    PLEASE DO YOUR JOB AND PROTECT THEM FROM ALL HUMAN PREDATORS!!!!! THEIR LIVES ARE IN YOUR HANDS…THEY ARE DEPENDING ON YOU TO PROTECT THEM. PLEASE PUT AN END TO ALL THE ATROCITIES TOWARD THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES AND LET THEM BE AS GOD INTENDED!

  7. ALL TIGERS SHOULD BE LIVING ANIMAlSANCTUARIES WHERE THEY ALL BE BE SAFE FROM CRUEL AND TORTURING ASPECTS BEING AROUND EVIL AND CRUEL PEOPLE!!!!!!!!

  8. REGINA FAVAROTE says:

    Tigers (all animals really) should be protected. Please stop this trade.

  9. Linda L Cummings says:

    This is am no brainer. Even a politician should be able to get this.

  10. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    Please DO THIS NOW!

  11. Joyce+O'Malley says:

    Tigers need protection not slavery!! This needs to STOP!!!

  12. STOP this ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME before it’s too late!!!!
    Tigers shall live in the wild, or in accredited sanctuaries.
    This filthy trade must be stopped before it’s too late.

  13. Julia Edinger says:

    I agree with “Urszula Lund
    STOP this ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME before it’s too late!!!!
    Tigers shall live in the wild, or in accredited sanctuaries.
    This filthy trade must be stopped before it’s too late.”

  14. Barbara Garrison says:

    One more example of man’s cruelty towards animals. What a gift they are to the world, but man has found thousands of ways to harm and destroy them for profit. How selfish we are.

  15. Shirley Lemieux says:

    Don’t you wonder sometimes about why on earth should the public have to be the responsible voices for those that Government officials are ignorant to. Think about it. Responsible people acknowledge right from wrong. But Government Leaders see things differently. They see things in a more corrupt fashion. Blind to the most obvious issues that should have been addressed years ago. Despite the death, torture, and decline of our most magnificent creatures, Government authoritative figures sit back in their comfortable lifestyles letting the corruption continue. How does this happen? Is it special interests? Bribery? Laziness? It is like there is a complete disconnect between reality and the actions of Government.

  16. All animals wild and domestic need to be protected from cruelty and abuse. The abuser/killers need to be severely punished – NO EXCEPTIONS. IN MY OPINION

  17. Agree all comments what’s wrong with laws and punishment in these cruel fucken countries. Burn these bastards alive. Middle eastern countries are cruel cunts. Also other countries should stop exporting livestock to these places should only send processed only.

  18. End the cruelty and abuse now!

  19. Stephanie Geyser says:

    You’d think the Europeans would know better than to perpetuate trade in endangered animals. But sadly they are just as stupid as the rest of the world’s backward populations. Either that, or they love the amassing of money too much.

  20. I agree with you, Stephanie Geyser. I assume you are including the United States in the “world’s backward populations” because that is definitely the category the U.S. is in.

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