Blog takes up where book signed off
Herein lies the rest of the story told in Blood of the Tiger.
As promised at the end of the book, this blog aims to keep readers informed about follow-on news, as it unfolds—which it does frequently, sometimes daily. You will find here developments related to tiger trade, but also trade in rhinos, elephants and bears because the same forces are banking on the extinction of them all in the wild—making way for a multi-billion-dollar luxury market built around their farmed relatives.
Blood of the Tiger told the backstory of how the world came to this moment in history when the actions we—you, I, and our governments—take, or choose not to take, will determine whether these beloved and beleaguered species will continue to roam the wilds of Asia and Africa or become “like cows and pigs,” as one Chinese official termed it.
You will find here news about South Africa’s bid for UN approval of “limited legal trade” in rhino horns to China—the same “limited” trade of elephant ivory that rekindled the skyrocketing Chinese demand that today drives an ongoing slaughter of wild elephants that even armies cannot stop. If this rhino transaction is allowed, a reopening of tiger trade may soon follow.
You will find here news of China’s tiger farms but also news of the thousands of captive tigers unaccounted for in the United States, which certain Chinese officials continue to use as an excuse to ignore the UN decision that tigers should not be farmed for their parts and products.
Another regular feature will be updates about the heroes who are working with far more courage than financial resources to stop the demand that drives the poaching of wild tigers, rhinos, elephants, bears and a too-long list of other endangered species. Special attention will be paid to the brave and tenacious Chinese working rid China’s wildlife protection law of its mandate to farm and consumer endangered species.
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Thank you for caring about these issues—while there’s still time.