21 Oct '11, 4pm

WWF calls for ban on pet tigers

WWF calls for ban on pet tigers

WWF has been engaged in efforts to improve the regulation of captive tigers in the United States for years. Without a comprehensive, federally-regulated system in place, tigers in the U.S. can become an easy target to be sold to the multimillion dollar international black market for tiger parts, stimulate demand for tiger products, and further threaten wild populations by putting them at increased risk of poaching. "The tragedy in Ohio was a public safety nightmare and highlights the urgent need for a ban on privately-owned tigers in this country," said Leigh Henry, Senior Policy Advisor for Species Conservation. "In addition to safety issues, captive tiger populations can have a direct effect on the demand for illegal tiger parts around the world, resulting in increased poaching. We have a responsibility to close these loopholes, protect the public and save one of the mos...

Full article: http://www.enn.com/wildlife/article/43439

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