Friday, October 22, 2010

It's Friday...

Dire outlook facing world’s tigers.

It’s Friday, and I intended to post beautiful furry creatures as I do for my blog day occasionally. However, this was one of 4 headlines topping my Yahoo news page, and for those who know me well, no matter what the other pictures and headlines portrayed, or said—this was a natural for me to open and read first.

Tigers could be extinct within 12 years. It had an FB share label, a retweet label, so I decided to put my furry pictures aside to post parts of the story. You can read the full AFP article here: TIGERS. Pictures from AFP/File.

Quoted from the article: “WWF (World Wildlife Fund) said that in the last century, illegal hunting, a shrinking habitat and the trade of tiger parts used in oriental medicine had sent the number of the big cats worldwide plunging 97 percent to around just 3,200 tigers today.”

It's hopeful.

It went on to say: “Despite the gloomy figures, the situation is more hopeful than ever…”

I remember doing research for my cat books a few years back and reading about tigers. The number bandied about then was approximately 7,000, and now they are saying 3,200.

Think of that number, how small it is.

I hope those heading the summit in Russia this November are correct and that their efforts with the other participants will be able to save this regal, beautiful animal.

Guess I did post beautiful furry creatures!

Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out.-© J. Hali Steele

4 comments:

Nerine Dorman said...

It's gotten so bad in Asia that they have to breed tigers here in Africa to protect them from poachers. Yup, we have tigers here in Africa.

My personal pet peeve is that more than 200 rhinos have been poached in my country over the past year. It makes me furious that people have to subscribe to such sheer inability to recognise the sentient nature of their fellow earthlings.

D L Jackson said...

Tigers are one of my favorite animals to draw and paint. It would be a tragedy to see this majestic beast become something only seen in pictures.

J Hali said...

Thanks for stopping by! It's a sad state of affairs, and where does it stop?

Annie Nicholas said...

That's terrible. The world would be a lesser place without them.