Target: International Union for Conservation of Nature
Goal: Discourage the consumption of tiger products as sexual stimulants
Thanks to the fur trade, the South China Tiger is critically endangered. That means the South China Tiger is suspected by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, to only exist in captivity. Two other species of tiger that inhabit China, including the Siberian and the Bengal tigers, are also on China’s endangered species list. One way to help to the tigers is to eliminate their demand—in other words, ban Tiger Soup.
Tiger Soup is consumed in Traditional Chinese medicine for increased health benefits, increased male virility, and as a sexual stimulant. Studies show that Chinese men who switch from the consumption of tiger parts to Viagra have seen much better results. To that end, perhaps it would be beneficial to allow people in China 30 day free trials of Viagra, so they can see for themselves that the effect of Tiger Soup is really nothing more than a placebo effect, and that’s only if they get any results at all. Chinese traditions are precious and should be valued, since they represent a vast and complex culture, but not over the lives of China’s tigers.
Discourage the production of animal parts, and poachers will search elsewhere for a profit. Give the tigers some time to recover their numbers, and then once they have, lift the ban, but with restrictions and regulations on when and how many tigers can hunted. China does not need to change its ways forever if it doesn’t want to. Medicine is part of its culture, after all. However, there is a difference between changing and adapting, and if China does not want to lose its tigers, then it needs to adapt. Please show China’s tigers your support by signing this petition.
Dear International Union for Conservation of Nature,
The use of tigers in Chinese medicine has increased in recent years due an increased standard of living in China. In other words, more people can afford to pay the Chinese equivalent of hundreds, if not thousands, of American dollars for a taste of the endangered tigers.
Though the tigers are most at risk in the wild, they are also at risk on preserved land. The best thing to do for them would be to eliminate the demand for tiger products. Try to discourage the sale of Tiger Soup in restaurants, perhaps by giving free samples of Viagra and demonstrating to the Chinese people that traditional Chinese medicine is less effective than modern medicine.
You are already doing your best to protect China’s tigers, but I know that you have the resources and the desire to do more. Please petition the Chinese government for stricter legislation against the creation and consumption of Tiger Soup.
[Your Name Here]
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