TigerTime celebrities call for an end to the tiger trade – watch the video here

  • February 14, 2014


TigerTime celebrity supporters including Stephen Fry, Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Deborah Meaden, MelC, Naomie Harris and Slash helped the campaign reach over 18.5 million twitter followers on February 11th to call for a ban in the tiger trade.

The call comes ahead of the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade that is being hosted by the UK Government on February 13 to agree high level political commitments to take urgent action to tackle the illegal wildlife trade. It will focus on elephants, rhino and tigers and aims to tackle three interlinked aspects:

  • strengthening law enforcement and the criminal justice system
  • reducing demand for illegal wildlife products
  • supporting the development of sustainable livelihoods

“The UK has the opportunity to lead the world in calling for a total ban on the trade in tiger parts, from all sources,” says TigerTime. “It is illegal for wild tigers to be killed and their parts sold but still the practice persists. TigerTime and all its supporters, are asking for a commitment from tiger range countries, transit countries and consumer countries to enforce the rule of law to bring about an end to the trade and to save the last 3,200 tigers in the wild.”

The 11th Hour tweet on 11th February brought together celebrity supporters from the worlds of theatre, TV, business and music to galvanise this vital call to arms to save the tiger.

Celebrities that took part: Ricky Gervais, Naomie Harris, Stephen Fry, Jane Fallon, Kirsty Gallacher, Darryn Lyons, Amanda Abbington, Wincey Willis, Brian Blessed, Sheridyn Fisher, SarahJane Honeywell, Martin Freeman, Lynn Shepherd, Simon King, Lucy Pinder, Zoe Lyons, Peter Egan, Melanie C, Deborah Meaden, Slash, Sam Fox, Liz Bonnin, Theo Paphitis, Sick Of It All and Marcus Brigstocke.

You can view the video by clicking here

You can sign up to the campaign here

Please use the hashtag #bantigertrade in any tweets and direct people to join in at https://davidshepherd.org/our-work/tigers