Crime Chiefs Agree to Get Tough on Illegal Tiger Trade
Crime chiefs from countries with populations of wild tigers have agreed to work together in order to combat the illegal trade in the big cats.
Heads of police and customs from 13 nations agreed to tighten controls and improve cross-border co-operation at a two-day meeting in Bangkok.
Only six subspecies remain, with fewer than 1,000 tigers in each group.
Smuggling of tiger parts is one of the main threats facing the planet's remaining big cats, say experts.
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In detail: Tigers
- Scientific name: Panthera tigris
- There are six remaining subspecies: Amur; northern Indochinese; Malayan; Sumatran; Bengal and South China
- Three subspecies are now classified as extinct: Bali; Javan and Caspian
- Tigers' historical range once spread across Asia, from Turkey to the far east of Russia
- Over the past century, the animals have lost 93% of their historical range
- It is estimated that each adult tiger needs to kills "50 large prey" each year, but they are also opportunistic hunters, capturing fish, birds, reptiles etc
- Tiger habitats are primarily forests or scrubland
(Source: IUCN Red List)
The seminar in Thailand's capital, organised by Interpol and hosted by the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), was attended by 26 senior crime officials and representatives from partner organisations, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites).