Sunday, April 22, 2007

Web campaign seeks photos to stop the tiger trade

Source: WWF Press Release
Date: April 20, 2007

Thirty conservation groups have launched a worldwide campaign to collect supporters’ pictures online to create the world’s largest photo mosaic of a tiger.

The mosaic, built with thousands of photos from tiger supporters submitted around the globe, will be unveiled to world leaders in June as they gather to discuss trade wildlife trade.

Supporters of tiger conservation can take part in the campaign by uploading their photos to http://www.savethetigerfund.org/mosaic

Visitors to the mosaic can zoom in on the larger tiger picture and find images submitted of themselves and family and friends.

The mosaic campaign launches as China considers lifting its ban on trade in tiger bones and other body parts, a move that would be disastrous for wild tigers - since an increase in poaching would likely follow.

“This is a fun, interactive web tool with a serious goal. We decided that the most powerful message would come from having the public weigh in, voting for tiger conservation with their faces,” said Judy Mills, director of the Campaign Against Tiger Trafficking. “The aim of the mosaic is to send a united message that the world believes China ’s ban on tiger trade is absolutely necessary for the future of tigers in the wild.”

Supporters will also have the opportunity to send a note to China ’s leaders applauding them for their effective 1993 ban on tiger trade and urging them to maintain it.

These messages of appreciation will be hand delivered to officials in China . The mosaic itself will be presented to representatives from 171 countries at the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) meeting in June.

“Your photos and actions could help save tigers,” said Susan Lieberman, Director of WWF’s Global Species Programme. “The Chinese government is being pressured to lift the ban and be able to sell tiger bone wine, tiger meat and skins. This would make it open season on the fewer than 5,000 tigers left in the wild, with criminals seeing the Chinese market as an easy way to ‘launder’ tigers poached from the wild.”

The photo mosaic can be accessed at

http://www.panda.org/tigermosaic

http://www.savethetigerfund.org/mosaic

http://worldwildlife.org/tigermosaic/

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