The tiger trade is bringing the exploitation of wild animals to our doorstep. We carried out an extensive report to reveal the scale of the trade in Europe, and the results are shocking. The tigers that are bred and kept in captivity, reduced to their parts as commodities, are deemed ‘second-class tigers’ compared to those in the wild, are commercially traded – and it’s completely legal!
More shocking still, is that this is happening right here in the UK. See below for the sobering stats on how our country is playing a part in this cruelty:
- The UK is the top importer of tiger parts and derivatives (parts made from something else, e.g. tiger wine made using tiger bones) during 2014-2018 with a staggering 42 items- 1 of which was a ‘trophy’!
- We are the second biggest exporter of parts and derivatives during 2014-2018 with over 90% of items destined for commercial purposes, including 4 skins, 1 body, 1 rug and 1 trophy.
- With 360 items, the UK was third on the list, out 36 EU member states, for total seizures of parts and derivatives (research conducted before January 31st 2020).
This trade, however, is not invincible or inevitable. We can stop it, we can change its future. We can do this by choosing to #LiveKinder. We are speaking up against the tiger trade, and the trade of all wildlife worldwide. Here, you can join us in calling for an end to the global wildlife trade.
The UK needs to do better to stop driving this trade. We are calling the on the Prime Minister to join our calls and end this trade once and for all.
The world can be changed by kindness, we just need to take the right steps, and we need to take them now.