Leading up to CITES 2016

2015 is an important year for the tiger. Following intense discussions at CITES in July 2014 some very specific recommendations on tigers were adopted: 

  • Countries are to ensure that their legislation prohibits domestic trade, including in parts of captive bred tigers
  • It requires those who are currently trading to report the scale of that trade
  • It requires countries to report on the volume of existing stockpiles
  • It requires countries to destroy the bodies of deceased captive tigers

Between now and the next meeting in January 2016 progress will be assessed by a working group being chaired by China.

Help us demonstrate how important we feel these recommendations are to the survival of the tiger.

Our aim is to deliver over half a million signatures to the Chinese Embassy in London in October 2015 respectfully requesting that China, in its key role as chair of the inter-sessional working group, guarantees the compliance of CITES members to all of these recommendations. Without that compliance, the future of the wild tiger remains uncertain.

Please be part of it. We already have over 300,000 signatories – help us reach the 500,000 mark by signing up at

Why signing up is important

By signing the BanTigerTrade petition you will help protect wild tigers by calling for an end to policies and practices that stimulate demand for tiger parts and products, and thus stimulate poaching. You will also be helping us raise expectations with regards to the implementation of international resolutions and commitments and to stop stimulating the demand in domestic and wild tiger parts through compliance with international guidelines and resolutions (CITES, GTRP).

The stimulation of the demand of tiger products stems from these main sources: Tiger "farms" - Trade in parts and products of tigers that have been bred in captivity takes place in China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. In China domestic trade is legal and skins of captive bred tigers from "zoos" and "farms" can be traded as luxury home décor, so long as they have been bred legally, are processed by a licensed company and come with a government-issued permit. In Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, trade in parts and products of captive-bred tigers is illegal. Tiger farming does NOT stop the illegal killing of wild tigers. In fact it has the opposite effect stimulating wider demand for tiger parts from ALL sources and undermining international efforts to put an end to the tiger trade.

The illegal trade - The tiger (Panthera tigris) is listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). This means that CITES prohibits the international trade in specimens of tigers. The trade of tiger products/parts is illegal and while news on seizures and arrests is available, there is little information to determine the success in most tiger range countries relating to meaningful convictions, the use of specialised investigation techniques, the sharing of intelligence or other indicators of effective enforcement. We need to raise the bar in what is considered an enforcement success and help tiger range countries move towards that. When Parties can report on these indicators, we know we will be on the way to actions that will dismantle the criminal networks that control the international illegal trade. 

Phase 1

Phase 1 of the BanTigerTrade Petition asked for supporters to sign the petition to "appeal to the Premier of China, Wen Jiabao to send a clear message to his government, calling for an end to all tiger trade within China. This is to include a call for a zero tolerance policy applied to all trade of all tiger parts and derivatives of tiger and other protected Asian big cats, from all sources."

The petition was handed to the Chinese Embassy in London and although their response was largely generic, we will not stop our fight to save the wild tiger.