Sunday, July 22, 2007

India: Signature drive launched to save tiger

Staff Reporter

The Big Cat’s lovers launch a signature drive to draw attention to their plight

WWF-India Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer Ravi Singh said: “The point that we are trying to make is that it is now or never for the Indian tiger. Clearly our Government needs to be as effective towards on-the-ground measures as it has been in lobbying at the global platform to save the tiger and its habitat. People too must spread the word and do their bit to save the tiger.”

As part of the campaign, WWF-India has also exhibited a global tiger mosaic, a six-foot-by-six-foot product of an international campaign that ran on websites prior to the latest Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Having received over 20,000 pictures from over 150 countries – of which India was among the top ten contributors -- the mosaic symbolises the power of visual imagery and global concern for the tiger.

Significance

Samir Sinha of WWF-India said: “Given the significance of the debate and its long-term implications for tiger conservation, we are hopeful that this campaign will go a long way in spreading awareness about the importance of tiger conservation.”

Also present at the event were members of the International Tiger Coalition, an alliance of 35 organisations representing more than 100 organisations across the globe, united under the common aim of stopping trade in tiger parts and products from all sources. The aim of the coalition is to co-ordinate research, communications and awareness-raising efforts in order to provide an organised response to the organised crime that sustains illegal tiger trade and endangers all wild tigers.

Meanwhile, the guests of honour at the event were the frontline staff of the forests -- the forest guards -- who patrol the protected areas with minimal equipment.

http://www.hindu.com/2007/07/20/ stories/2007072054100400.htm

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