His name is Hoover, and this big cat is about to enjoy a new life in Florida.   By Laurel Neme PUBLISHED April 21, 2016 Photograph by Animal Defenders International     Alongside crates of asparagus, Hoover the tiger will be airlifted Friday from Peru to Florida, where he’ll settle into a new home in Tampa after…

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First posted on 2015-04-14     A group of tigers is known as an ‘ambush’ or ‘streak’.   Tigers scratch trees and use their urine to mark their territories. Their urine smells strongly of buttered popcorn.        

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  Are permits for captive tigers being used to launder tigers from Thailand to Viet Nam? That’s the question being asked following a raid by Thai authorities on an apartment outside Bangkok that led to the confiscation of four adult tigers and two cubs. The large cats had been kept in poor conditions: small rooftop…

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There’s more debate about legal trade stimulating illegal trade in wildlife products – this time vis-a-vis tigers. Vietnamese officials plan to auction over six pounds of ‘tiger paste’ confiscated from traffickers. While Vietnamese law prohibits the possession and trade of any and all tiger parts and products, an apparent loophole would allow its legal sale.…

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Would legal trade in farmed tiger products increase or decrease poaching of wild tigers? The topic, which is explored in this Mongabay.com article, has been at the forefront of many discussions at CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) meetings, and is coming up again as government officials from tiger ranges states and conservationists prepare to meet…

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The International Tiger Forum will take place Nov 21-24 in St. Petersburg, Russia, capping a year-long process to get high-level political support to move tiger conservation forward and double the number of tigers in the wild. Learn more at this Nov 16 pre-summit briefing by World Wildlife Fund and TRAFFIC International.

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By Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.comJuly 13, 2010     Lisa Tekancic, president of the WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society spoke with Laurel Neme on her “The WildLife” radio show and podcast about captive wildcats and the wildcat pet trade. During her interview, Lisa describes the history of wildcats in captivity—from the Roman spectator games and royal…

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Lisa Tekancic, president of the WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society, discusses captive wild cats and the wild cat pet trade. She tells “The WildLife” host Laurel Neme about the history of wild cats in captivity, how captive wild cats are used for commercial purposes such as in the entertainment industry and the pet trade, and why this is…

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By Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.com June 27, 2010     Grace Ge Gabriel, Asia Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) spoke with Laurel Neme on her “The WildLife” radio show and podcast about tiger conservation the international trade in tiger parts, and how the booming industry of tiger farms in China is killing to…

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Grace Ge Gabriel, Asia Regional Director for the International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW), discusses tiger farming and the international tiger trade. She reveals to “The WildLife” host Laurel Neme how the international trade in tiger parts works and why it has spawned a booming industry of tiger farming in China that is truly killing to make a living.…

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