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Monday, 22 November 2010

Save the tiger

The tiger could be extinct by 2022 if action isn't taken

World leaders and wildlife campaigners have met in Russia to consider practical ways for raising the hundreds of millions of dollars needed to bring the tiger back from the brink of extinction.

The summit had delegates from 13 nations where tigers live in the wild and it was chaired by Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, in his home city St Petersburg.

The four-day summit is good news albeit a bit late given that the extinction of the tiger would represent "a historic, cultural, spiritual, and environmental catastrophe" and if action isn't taken now it could be late.

Charities and conservation groups warn that the species could be wiped out by 2022, the next Chinese year of the tiger, because of deforestation and illegal poaching.

Over the past century, the number of wild tigers has tumbled from 100,000 to just 3,200 today. At least three sub-species have already gone extinct and others could soon follow. This isn't acceptable and more should be done to allow these proud animals to live in the wild.

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