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Updated: November 22, 2010 01:35 IST

Russia hosts ‘tiger summit'

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SAVING THE BIG CAT: This 2008 file photograph shows Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (left), assisted by a Russian scientist, fixing a GPS-Argos satellite transmitter to a tiger during his visit to the Ussuriysky forest reserve.
Photo: AFP SAVING THE BIG CAT: This 2008 file photograph shows Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (left), assisted by a Russian scientist, fixing a GPS-Argos satellite transmitter to a tiger during his visit to the Ussuriysky forest reserve.

Global wildlife experts and politicians from 13 countries are meeting in Russia to discuss plans to revive the world's tiger population that has shrunk to a dangerously low level.

The World Wildlife Fund and other experts say only about 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, a dramatic plunge from an estimated 1,00,000 a century ago. Their habitat is being destroyed by forest cutting and construction, and they are a trophy for poachers who want their skin and body parts prized in traditional medicine.

The four-day summit that opened on November 21 is being hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who has adroitly used encounters with tigers and other wildlife to bolster his image. It plans to approve a wide-ranging programme aimed at doubling the world's tiger population in the wild by 2022.

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Let this summit pave the wave for the conservation for these big cat and let we be saved through them.

from:  Bindu philip
Posted on: Nov 24, 2010 at 14:41 IST

The meet should explore the possibility of UN sponsored sanction on those countries that freely or otherwise trade in the poached tiger (or other endangered animal) body-parts. Also, law to award whole-life imprisonment to people caught trading tiger body-parts should be enacted in all member countries. Just pumping money into project-tiger will not suffice.

from:  KVSKumar
Posted on: Nov 23, 2010 at 12:01 IST
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