UK Foreign Office Minister Backs Call for Zero Tolerance of Tiger Trade
Tiger campaigners from TigerTime have met with British Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne MP as part of their on going fight to see the trade on tiger parts banned. The meeting was held at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on Wednesday 21st December. The meeting occurred as the supporter signature count on the www.bantigertrade.com petition soared past 31,000. This figure was passed in a little over 30 days.
Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne MP said, ‘The British people care deeply about tiger conservation and have a special desire to protect this amazing species because of their beauty and rarity. I am making a new appeal to the Chinese Government to consider how this species could be better protected and preserved. I welcome the public commitment given by Premier Wen Jiabao last year, and urge the Chinese Government to honour that commitment by enforcing a zero tolerance policy of all trade in any tiger products of any kind from any source.’
Samantha Fox who helps lead the TigerTime campaign said, ‘I was delighted that the Minister appeared to take the issue so seriously. I particularly welcomed his strong commitment to calling for a zero tolerance policy where tiger trade is concerned. I am confident that the Minister will be a major advocate in our fight to save the wild tiger. We await with interest the response to his efforts’.
Picture includes from left to right: Mary Rice (CEO Environmental Investigation Agency), Samantha Fox (TigerTime and Singer), Jeremy Browne (Foreign Office Minister), Jill Inglis (Fund Raising Director – David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation / TigerTime)