World Tiger Day aims to raise conservation awareness

World Tiger Day is celebrated annually on July 29 to raise awareness for tiger conservation. Tigers are still highly sought after for use in Eastern traditional medicine, and fall prey to poaching and captive breeding across the globe.

Blood Lions puts the focus on the international trade in tiger body parts and makes the link to South Africa’s legal lion bone trade in their latest campaign movement.

The ongoing trade in lion bones is ‘supplementing and feeding the demand for tiger bones with a cheaper supply, against which criminal networks are making significant profits. The lion bone trade is keeping the desirability and demand for tiger is very much alive, which is a huge problem for tiger conservation’, says Debbie Banks, Campaign Leader for Tigers and Wildlife Crime – Environmental Investigation Agency.

Since the beginning of the 20th Century, 95% of the world’s wild tiger population has disappeared and this magnificent big cat is now highly endangered. With fewer than 4,000 tigers left in the wild, every conservation effort protecting these apex predators in their natural habitat needs global support to avoid extinction.

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Source: Getaway