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Can Tiger Summit Save Wild Tigers ?

World  (tags: tiger summit, russian prime minister, wild tigers, saving, conservation )

- 3161 days ago -
St Petersburg. November 2010. Russian Federation: He's been described as Russia's 'action man' but has Prime Minister Vladimir Putin bitten off more than he can chew this time? At his invitation, political leaders, the World Bank and numerous conservation


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Penelope Ryan (178)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 12:18 pm
Thanks Simone, all we can do is pray the politics doesn't hurt the animals. I have hopes that this conservation effort for tigers would work and actually help the tigers.

Lynda Louise J. (0)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 12:29 pm
Yes Simone, I agree,politics messes up everything environmentalists try to do. Lynda Louise

Dianne D (490)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 12:43 pm
At least they are talking and recognize there is a huge problem. Tbat's more than they did in the last century. Hope something becomes of this. Hope I'm very surprised and pleased with this summit.

Alicia V (181)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 1:17 pm
Let's hope for the very best. Candle included.

Sunday November 21, 2010, 1:28 pm

Barbara V (51)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 1:38 pm
yes, SOMETHING has to be done, and if it takes the World Bank, tiger protection agencies, and whatever else to do it, mazel tov!!!!! Thing is, though, they will have to make strong laws with strong punishment for those damned poachers. No matter what, if there's a black market for something, those SOB's will always find a way to work with it. Let the Chinese find some other aphrodisiac for themselves--something that is not destructive to wildlife in general, but especially to tigers. People are sickening.

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 2:09 pm
I am praying that this will not be just a launch pad. Some countries already have good practices in place. Of course the topic of money and politics always seem to come to play. This is most crucial and I pray those attending will treat it as such. Finding ways to stop poaching and huge fines on them should help, and especially to those who kill and mutilate just for use as an aphrodisiac.

Carol C (97)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 3:15 pm
I hope and pray this works!

wilma s. (0)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 4:26 pm
I hope this works also. Let's not just have loud mouths spouting just to hear themselves talk. I also hope that just because they show up, they think the problem is solved.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 5:47 pm

John Williams (36)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 6:00 pm
Come on, Mankind. Do what is needed to save the Tigers (as long as they live in the wild-not cages)

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 7:28 pm
I sincerely hope that there is meaningful dialect and sincere ideas and solutions in this summit. We're talking about a species that deserves full protection.

Ashley Jager (0)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 9:48 pm
i also hope good comes of this

Teresa K (33)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 10:53 pm
Noted and thank you.

Joy Wong (100)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 11:11 pm
Noted, thanks.

Lee M. (0)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 11:40 pm

Unfortunately, I believe it may already be too late to save wild tigers. Several issues are involved. First and foremost, the human population has increased their demands on the natural tiger territories for logging and farming purposes. In countries where economic hardships, few alternatives and little education prevail, poaching may seem a viable choice. Even when there are laws on the books, they are often unenforced due to budgetary concerns and corruption on the part of the local governments.

The current frequently quoted number of 3200 wild tigers remaining may also be inflated. The Balinese and Javanese tigers became extinct in the 20th Century. Sumatrans are highly endangered, and have been for over 50 years. Each of these represents a distinct species. Tigers which once roamed S.E.Asia (present day Thailand, Myanmar, Laos) have been all but obliterated. Exact numbers are hard to come by, because of government restrictions on access to foreigners. The noble Bengal from India and a much smaller range in Pakistan (what the average person imagines when the word "tiger" is mentioned), suffers a triple whammy: habitat loss, poaching, and still legal big game hunting. Siberian and Chinese tigers have to contend with all of the above PLUS a blackmarket but common knowledge sale of their body parts for superstitious folk medicines. So, no, as a zoologist I do not have a positive outlook for these talks. It will be just that, TALK, will little or no action. I hope I will be proved wrong, but I doubt it.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 22, 2010, 1:39 am
Yesterday another tiger was found shot dead in Russia. Having the summit is important but the Russian people themselves must be better educated in eco responsibility.

Ana F (128)
Monday November 22, 2010, 2:43 am

Marianna Molnar (9)
Monday November 22, 2010, 6:50 am
hope so

Mary D (64)
Monday November 22, 2010, 10:51 am
I love cats of all breeds, big and small. There has to be a way to save the tigers - and probably do the earth a favor as well. Somewhere out there are brilliant zoologists who love the big cats, who can find a solution. I don't know this for sure, but I think that politics is part of the whole situation - just like it is in the US where state governments knuckle under to the cattle ranchers who blame wolves for the loss of their cattle. But if the stupid hunters would just quit shooting the wolves' natural prey so they can brag about what great killers they are, perhaps the wolves would leave the cattle alone.

Also: There are things called fences that, if properly built, could keep the wolves from the cattle. Again, i don't know for sure, because I know very little about the countries to which tigers are native, but there could be a solution there. In these enlightened times, having the head of a tiger mounted on your wall doesn't reflect your prowess or strength; it brands you as an insensitive, egotistical and selfish idiot.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 22, 2010, 12:41 pm
If there is all talk and NO ACTION NO but they act on their ideas YES and that is a fact.

Shilpi K Chowdhury (2)
Monday November 22, 2010, 11:20 pm
I so, so want something good to happen via this summit! If anything, ANYTHING can come out of it that will protect these royal beasts, the world will be so much better, especially for the future generations....
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