February 2009

March 12, 2010


Jason Morgan - Tiger Painting

Jason Morgan - Tiger Painting

Happy Chinese New Year and welcome to the Year of the Tiger. Let’s ensure the year focuses on its survival. In the last Year of the Tiger – 12 years ago, there was an estimated 6000 in the wild. With the loss of their natural habitats, the numbers have halved. There may be 50 to 100 wild tigers left in China, and serious attempts are being made in Russia and China to save the Siberian Tiger.

Can you believe that this Jason Morgan image is a painting! Prints can be ordered online.

South China Tigers are no longer found in the wild, but one organisation is supporting breeding programs of them in South Africa (http://www.savechinastigers.org/). India has seen a 60% decline in numbers over a decade to approximately 1411. There are quite a few reserves in India to see tigers, and in other places as well, such as out of Luang Prabang in Laos, or even the monastery at Kanchanaburi in Thailand (www.tigertemplethailand.com/index.htm) which has become a tiger sanctuary. The Panthera Foundation (http://www.panthera.org/) based in New York is primarily concerned about the 36 big cats, and is most worried about the survival of tigers. The AnimalAsia Foundation (http://www.animalasia.org/) is very active with their main on-going campaigns against bear farming and the eating of cats and dogs. The World Wildlife Foundation (http://www.panda.org/) has a current tiger initiative aimed at doubling the numbers of wild tigers by 2020.

It was fascinating to visit China last year – the year China revealed more of itself to the world than ever before, and demonstrated its political and economic power. I realised that they were much more concerned about the environmental consequences of their rapid economic development than we had been lead to expect.  It was reassuring to learn that going against most world-wide trends, panda numbers have actually stabilised.

In 1993 China joined an international ban on the trade of tiger products, but, like with ivory, this helped to push prices so high that it has encouraged poaching and smuggling. I have a feeling it is taboo in China to offer any criticism of traditional medicine, even if it is putting at risk various species. Tiger body parts used include bones, penis, testicles, whiskers, eyeballs, skin, tissue and blood, pelts for decoration and teeth and claws for charms. Thinking of Christian, I was very disturbed by the lion teeth I saw for sale in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

5 Responses to “February 2009”

  1. manuela Says:

    i have chosen christians’ name as my email as i’m involved with an italian anti-vivisection association. so i can start telling people about christian and then explain vivisection and how important it is to love and respect animals….christians’ existence is going to be more helpful in the future to other animals……i wish u all the best for yr work and yr life. it is nice that u dedicate yr work to give value to the aborigens. i know something about racism having lived in a racist country.

  2. manuela Says:

    although it was a hard life he was in peace with himself, with the animals, with his human friends and with nature and most probably with god too. i think that’s the secret of happiness which is unknown in our modern world. africa brings u back to yr roots. i need to ask if i may: why u don’t recommend going to zimbabwe with mugabe in power? is it dangerous? i know the country is in a disastreous situation, but is it so bad? last time i’ve been there was in 1982. –

  3. manuela Says:

    like everybody i cried a lot. thk u for yr good heart that led u into getting involved with christian and thus showing the whole world what love can do. animals are capable to love unconditionally in a way humans seem unable to. i’ve learnt a lot from all the animals i’ve had(cats and dogs) and i think yr story has such a strong impact on people because it reminds us that what we really need is love and to get back into touch with nature. george adamson chose the best way for a man to live

  4. manuela Says:

    hi, i’m manuela, i live in italy but was born in zimbabwe in 1963 and ì lived a wonderful childhood there: unimaginable for the majority of children in the world. africa has got such magic, it’s difficult to express in words u just have to live there to understand and be captured by its enchantment. in 1973 my parents being italian decided to move to italy as there were rumours of an approaching racial war which did happen in 1975. i’ discovered only recently yr wonderful story of christian and

  5. Francois Says:

    Great blog, look forward to the next post

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