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China Encouraged To Continue Ban On Tiger Trade


(PTI) The US-based Save the Tiger Fund (STF) called on the Chineseauthoritiesto maintain its 15-year-old moratorium on the trade in tiger parts,warning thatlifting the ban would be "disastrous" for the big cats. The trade, whoseroutesgo mainly through Tibet, continues to endanger the existence of the fewremaining wild tigers in India and Nepal. STF quoted results from a pollconducted in China and disseminated by the official news agency Xinhuaaccordingto which 95 per cent of the population across the country backed the tigertradeban, imposed in 1993, and 77 per cent said the ban was important for China'simage. Almost 95 per cent said they would abstain from the use of tigerproductsto save the big cats, Xinhua said. "The results (...) present the strikinglyclear message that most Chinese people care so much about wild tigers thattheyare willing to change behaviour that threatens the survival of tigers in thewild", Judy Mills from STF was quoted as saying.


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