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Stop Russia Illegally Trafficking Endangered Tigers to China

Stop Russia Illegally Trafficking Endangered Tigers to China

Something terrible is happening to endangered Amur tigers in Russian zoos —they are disappearing. The Euro-Asian Regional Association of Zoos and Aquariums is charged with preserving these rare cats, yet is actually selling young tigers to China. Take action now to stop the sales of endangered big cats and free them from horrific conditions!

Only 400-500 Amur (Siberian) Tigers remain in the wild. Russian President Vladimir Putin has a breeding program aimed at conserving the tigers. The Euro-Asian Regional Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EARAZA) is responsible for carrying out the program. But these same Russian zoo officials are reportedly stealing the endangered animals and illegally trafficking them to buyers in China, Kazakhstan, and other unknown locations. EARAZA has even sent animals to zoos with horrifying death tolls.

The Association is also happy to certify zoos that keep endangered Amur tigers and other big cats in extreme confinement, trapped in pitiful enclosures. The substandard living conditions for tigers at the Moscow Zoo Breeding Facility have been documented on video. Amur tiger Tihon, who was born in the wild and spent a few months in the lush conditions of Primorsky Safari Park, can be seen pacing in a cramped concrete cell where he now lives; all because of EARAZA.

 

In 2018, EARAZA removed two tiger cub brothers from EARAZA's Amur Tiger breeding program under the excuse of "some physical defects,” which allowed the Almaty Zoo sell them to China as "not valuable." These pureblood cubs were stolen without proof of any genetic anomalies. Now the cubs are missing and nobody knows where they are!

Recently, EARAZA agreed to remove Amur from the breeding program and remove his sister Taiga from her decent living conditions in Primorsky Safari Park. The Association won't recommend Taiga's return to the Primorsky Safari Park, claiming "low genetic ranking," yet we obtained a copy of EARAZA's own analysis of Amur tiger populations, which verified Taiga's perfect genetic ranking.

Enough is enough. Act now to stop Russia’s corrupt zoo association and protect endangered big cats!

What YOU Can Do:  

Join us to demand a criminal investigation of EARAZA’s role in illegal trafficking of endangered Amur tigers and for overlooking horrific conditions for animals kept in its member zoos. Please make a call if possible and then send our letter.

1. If you’re in Russia, please call the Head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage (Rosprirodnadzor), Mrs. Svetlana Radionova and urge her to investigate EARAZA’s role in illegal trafficking of endangered Amur tigers and to overlook horrific conditions for animals kept in their member zoos.

+7 (499) 254-25-77

2. No matter where you live, please contact the Head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage (Rosprirodnadzor), Mrs. Svetlana Radionova on social media.

Say something like:

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3. No matter where you live, please fill out the form on this page to send a message by email.

 

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