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CITES Conference Will Test Commitment of Governments to Save Tigers, EIA Says

The 17th Conference of the Parties to CITES in Johannesburg at the end of September is the perfect opportunity for China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam to announce real action to end demand for tiger parts and products, Debbie Banks, leader of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) Tiger Campaign, said in a statement released in observance of Global Tiger Day (#TigerDay).

“Acting in unison in 2007, we had a major win for tigers when governments agreed that tiger ‘farming’ should be stopped. But instead of complying with that decision, the governments of China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam have allowed tiger farming and trade to spiral out of control,” Banks said. “How real is their commitment to save tigers?”

In readiness for the CITES conference, and in observance of Global Tiger Day today, July 29, EIE released the video embedded on this page.  “It is fantastic to see organisations from across the world unite in this call to action to end tiger farming,” Banks said of a joint statement signed by 45 non-governmental organizations to end commercial breeding of the world’s largest cat.

Read the joint statement

12418031_10153900711084116_8462971761216697621_nDavid Braun is director of outreach with the digital and social media team illuminating the National Geographic Society’s explorer, science, and education programs.

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Braun also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

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