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we can save our Tigers from extinction by following this instruction.
f you practice TCM, please let your doctor or herbalist know how strongly you feel about not using any medicines derived from endangered species. Check to see if the store where you buy your medicines and herbs sell any tiger parts or any pills labeled as being made from tiger bones.
The 1998 Rhinoceros and Tiger Product Labelling Act prohibits "the sale, importation and exportation of products intended for human consumption or application containing or labelled or advertised as containing, any substance derived from any species of rhinoceros or tiger".
Do not patronize stores that sell these products, and if you feel comfortable doing so, you may want to inform the proprietors of such stores that selling tiger products is illegal and will cost them your business.
f you have friends or family who practice TCM, please let them know, as respectfully and politely as possible, how critically endangered tigers are and that there are alternatives within TCM to tiger based medicines. Do not criticize TCM or get into a debate with them about its scientific validity, this will only make them discount whatever else you have to say-this is especially important if you are of Western descent.
If you are in communication with people in China you may want to inform them of the almost hopelessly precarious state of the indigenous South China subspecies and the terrible state of the tiger in general. The tiger is such an important and ubiquitous cultural symbol that many in Asia simply take it for granted that the forests and jungles of China are still stalked by the great "King of Beasts." The realization that tigers may soon exist only in pictures and legends often comes as a sobering shock, and may help awaken more people to the need to take action.
Cultural factors can be powerful forces in conservation, sometimes more powerful than economic or political concerns.
One of the
most serious problems for some wild animals and plants, is the international illegal trade in their body parts. Rhino horn, elephant ivory, tiger bone, turtle shell and bear gall bladder are all examples of wild animal products used for traditional cures, exotic foods and luxury goods.
Nowhere is this demand greater than in Asia, and among Asian communities worldwide where traditional consumption of wildlife products has increased with economic development. In Asia we have already lost many populations of these animals forever. And so, we in Asia have a special duty to help protect our natural heritage.
In the past consumers of these products were often unaware of the part they play in the destruction of wild populations, but it is the buyers who indirectly pay the poachers and smugglers to kill the animals, and it is only through the consumer that we can stop the slaughter.
You too can help me to help the animals. Spread the word of what is happening. You may have an elderly relative or may know someone that might use an endangered species product as a cure or who might buy endangered wildlife souvenirs while on holiday. They might want to buy an ivory hanko or name stamp.
Ask them to think first. Do they really want to be responsible for the cruel killing of an individual animal and to contribute to the extinction of the species? Don't they know that there are herbal alternatives to endangered animals in traditional Chinese medicine? And do they really need that endangered species product? There is no excuse.
Please help me to protect wildlife.
Volunteering Your Time for the Tiger
Saving Wild Tigers is run by the Sierra Club Tiger Volunteers, who are always looking for dedicated volunteers who want to make a difference for the tiger.
Please realize that the living conditions in rural areas near the tiger are very difficult and it takes a long time to adapt to the local culture before being any help
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