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More Than 90,000 Acres of Critical Tiger Habitat Will Be Logged

More Than 90,000 Acres of Critical Tiger Habitat Will Be Logged

With fewer than 1,500 Bengal Tigers left in the wild, these magnificent cats are on the brink of extinction, and now the FDCM are threatening their survival by pushing plans to log some of the only precious natural habitat they have left.

The area due to be cut is so vital to the tigers that it was once earmarked to become a protected wildlife refuge. Care2 reader Mary Elizabeth heard about this alarming news and started a petition to fight back against this appalling decision and to help save the forest from being logged for profit.

Bengal Tiger Numbers Are Plummeting

Less than one hundred years ago, tigers prowled freely and abundantly all across the Indian subcontinent, but exploding human populations, particularly since the 1940s, have played a major role in their decline.

Through a combination of habitat destruction, poaching and human conflict, Bengal Tiger numbers have plummeted immensely in recent years, and at this rate they will be completely extinct in the wild within a few decades.

The Best Hope for Bengal Tigers

The Satpura forests of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra offer sanctuary for India’s remaining wild tigers. Consisting of several Tiger Reserves, all of which are connected by forest corridors, this green oasis is essential to the hope of the Bengal Tiger’s chance of survival.

The rocky and undulating terrain consisting of deep valleys, sandstone peaks and plunging waterfalls is covered in a blanket of thick teak forests which support much of India’s most endangered flora and fauna. It’s not just Bengal Tigers, either, that this paradise helps to protect: Sloth Bears, Indian Giant Squirrels and Crested Serpent Eagles are just some among hundreds of fascinating wildlife that takes refuge in the Satpura forests.

Giving home to many of the last of India’s tigers, The Satpura Landscape Tiger Programme works tirelessly to conserve and protect this very important tiger range, but despite their best efforts, plans to log an unforgivable amount of this delicate area are being pushed ahead.

Critical Tiger Habitat Will Be Destroyed

Plans are in place to destroy 96,300 acres of a critically important forest ecosystem in the Indian state of Maharashtra despite the fact that the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) warned of the damage it will have on the endangered Bengal Tiger numbers.

Situated between the Pench and Nagzira tiger reserves, this area of dense forest is crucial for the tigers and their cubs as it allows them to travel from one reserve to another for breeding. If the logging plans were to be put into action, a huge area of forest would be cut and sold so that new bamboo and teak plantations could be grown on the land. Not only would this devastate the wildlife living in this beautiful and delicate ecosystem, it would also put the Bengal Tiger at even more risk.

Earlier this year, the NTCA warned planners of the danger posed to the tiger’s natural habitat, offering alternative solutions and locations for the logging plans, yet this fell on deaf ears. It is another case of commercial profits coming before environmental sustainability, and key decision makers continue to ignore advice from environmental agencies in regards to the importance of this stretch of forest.

Speak Up For The Causes You Care About

Together we have the power to stand up and make our voices heard. If you care about this issue and want to show your solidarity for the animals who will lose their habitats, sign this petition now. Petitions are a great way for people to speak out against injustice and to make people rethink their actions. When thousands of people sign a petition to say something, decision makers often rethink their policies and practices.

If you care about a cause and want to make a stand against it, you can start your own petition to build awareness and support around the issue. There are many who are voiceless in the world, and they need your help.

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5:20AM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

greed it never ends. lets hope this can be stopped

9:28PM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

This is absolutely awful.

7:14PM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

As long as the human race keeps breeding and expanding and using up resources, the trees will fall and the animals will disappear. I wonder what it will take for us to realize that population control is the only way to save this planet? I wonder if Mother Earth will eventually come up with some plague or means to destroy enough humans so the earth will still be green and have wildlife. Pity.. . Soylent Green comes to mind. It looks like we are heading in that direction.

6:44AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

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Thank you for sharing

2:50AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

This is terrible!

9:24AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

So angry reading news like this. The only happy story will be one that tells when humans will go extinct - only then, will every other species be able to survive.

1:29PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

We forget we are part of the world--not in it to rape it, but to live within our place in the network...what we do to the other living creatures and to the environment, we do to ourselves...from Silent Spring....

12:50PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Outrageous!

12:52AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Signed. Unfortunately they have a person named Mr. Scott who besides holding two important job positions that seem to me are in conflict is willing to say blatantly that logging is helpful for the survival of theses species.

8:09PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

When will those responsible for making these decisions learn the extent of the harm they're doing to this extraordinary planet? The agency gave them alternative locations that will preserve and protect this valuable forest as well as the wildlife that call it home. They really must consider these options. This is way too much open land to lose. When land and animals like this are gone, they will never come back. Our world simply cannot afford this loss. The most dangerous animal walking on this earth is the human. Petition signed and sent to several like minded friends.

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