Monday, March 26, 2012

Tell China- Save the Siberian Tiger

  • Target: China Ministry of Finance, Mr. Xiaosong Zheng, Ms. Jiandi Ye
  • Sponsored by: Animal Advocates
The Siberian tiger, or Amur tiger is a critically endangered species with one of the primary threats to its' survival in the wild being poaching.

Their former range included northeastern China and the Korean Peninsula, and as far west as Mongolia. Now, almost all wild Siberian tigers live the Southeast corner of Russia in the Sikhote-Alin mountain range east of the Amur River.

Tigers are most commonly poached for their fur and for their body parts used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1993 the State Council of the People's Republic of China issued a notice declaring the use of tiger bone for medicinal purposes to be illegal. However, because it is such a lucrative trade, a single tiger can bring up to $50k on the International market, so the practice is still flourishing.

If the Siberian tiger is to survive extinction in the wild, China must do more to replace the Traditional Chinese Medicine with phamecutical alternatives and substitue medicines.

Mr. Xiaosong Zheng

Director General
Ministry of Finance - International Department
Sanlihe Xicheng District
Beijing - 100820
Tel: + 8610 6855 1122
Fax: + 8610 6855 1125

Ms. Jiandi Ye

Deputry Director
Ministry of Finance
IFI Division III International Department San Li He St. Xichengqu
Beijing - 100820
Tel: + 86 10 6855-1171
Fax: + 86 10 6855 1125

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