Stop the illegal tiger trade
· Globally, scientists estimate that there are less than 3500 individual tigers remaining in the wild.
· Tigers are threatened by hunting and illegal trade. Tiger parts are consumed in specialty foods and wines, or used in traditional medicine.
· Wild populations are also threatened by loss of habitat.
· Tigers are protected throughout their natural range. International trade is also prohibited under the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species, a treaty for which Vietnam became a signatory in 1994.
Tigers in Vietnam
· The subspecies of tiger found in Vietnam is the Indochinese tiger. Experts estimate there may be less than 50 tigers remaining in the wild in Vietnam..
· Hunting, possession, trade, or advertising of tigers or products made from tigers is illegal under Vietnamese law.
· Since 2006, ENV has investigated 244 cases involving the trade, transport, possession and advertising of tigers or tiger products. These cases include the confiscation of 69 dead tigers, and eight live tigers. There are a total of 127 legal, registered tigers living in captivity in Vietnam: 99 are living in private farms and zoos in Vietnam, and 28 are living in two publicly owned zoos and Soc Son Rescue Center.
· In March 2007, the Prime Minister approved the registration of 41 captive tigers in Binh Duong and neighboring provinces. Some of these tiger owners admitted the tigers had been smuggled into Vietnam from Cambodia. The Binh Duong case constituted a highly publicized defeat for conservation of tigers and other protected wildlife, and has subsequently been used as an argument by owners of tigers and other protected wildlife, including gibbons and bears.
What ENV is doing
ENV is aiming to stop the illegal trade of tigers in Vietnam and prevent further development of commercial tiger farming in Vietnam. Our campaign activities include:
· Working with wildlife protection agencies to gather intelligence about the extent of the tiger trade and number of illegal tigers kept in ‘farms’ in Vietnam.
· Training and motivating enforcement agencies.
· Mobilizing and building understanding about the tiger trade amongst key stakeholders, including key government decision makers, agency officials and journalists.
· Monitoring and investigating tiger trade cases: ENV’sTiger Crime Case Officer tracks all tiger cases reported through ENV and liases with agencies to monitor enforcement.
· Public awareness campaigns through radio, television and national media to increase awareness and participation amongst the general public to protect Vietnam’s tigers.
What you can do:
· Contact the ENV Wildlife Crime hotline if you see tiger or tiger products being advertised or sold in Vietnam.
· Never use or consume tiger products.
· If you would like to help ENV stop the illegal tiger trade in Vietnam you can donate specifically to ENV’s tiger campaign: