Photograph: Barry Bland/Barcroft Media
This is serious. What can we do in the entertainment, media and arts world to make a difference?
Here’s what Treehugger has to say:
“Wild tigers in China are on the Brink of Extinction. Xie Yan, the China Country Program Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society, estimates that fewer than 50 South China Tigers are left in the wild, with about “10 still live in the southwestern province of Yunnan, some 15 in Tibet, and 20 or so in northwestern Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces.” Even if take a step back and look at 12 Asian countries and Russia, it is estimated that only about 3,500 tigers are left in the wild, compared to around 100,000 at the beginning of the 20th century.”
Wildlife Conversation Society. http://www.wcs.org/conservation-challenges/wildlife-health.aspx
“Help Reverse the Wildlife Extinction Crisis The window for protecting the world’s remaining natural areas is rapidly closing. Urge Congress to help reverse the wildlife extinction crisis and conserve the last of the wild.”
EXTINCT: Baiji or Yangste Dolphin http://exitstageright.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/baiji.jpg
EXTINCT: Caspian Tiger http://www.tigerfdn.com/Foundation%20overview/caspian2.htm
EXTINCT: Javan Tiger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javan_Tiger
China is going through the same industrialization as Europe and the USA: destroying wildlife and environments. The USA has the largest recorded list of endangered indigenous wildlife. It is perhaps a little early to compile China’s long list.
Do something: get the word out through social networks; make a film; write a song; take a picture, make some art; write a book; join a group or write to your leaders. Or you can do nothing and continue to watch bad television and kiss those animals goodbye -FOREVER.