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Milestones in the fight to ban the #RuthlessTrade in Europe

14.4.2020

Mission to expose the horrific realities of the tiger business 

In 2018, FOUR PAWS set itself the task of banning the trade of tigers and their parts. Allowing tigers to be moved anywhere in Europe and abroad without anyone keeping track of what happens to them, perpetuates the notion that captive tigers are lesser than the ones in the wild. It turns wildlife into a commodity, rather than living, feeling beings.

What followed is a challenging road of investigations, talks with European policymakers and work with national authorities and the press to expose the legislative irregularities that lead to the relentless demand for tigers and their parts.

Our fight continues.

2020

January 2020: FOUR PAWS’ campaigning ensures the EU tiger trade is brought to the attention of the newly installed European Commission

FOUR PAWS ensures the EU tiger trade is included in consultations about the EU Commission’s EU Green Deal and the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy 2020.

2019

November 2019: MEPs raise issue of EU tiger trade to the EU Commission 

Following five written questions submitted by FOUR PAWS to MEPs from different member states. 

October 2019: FOUR PAWS offers help to authorities following the tragic case of the 10 tigers stuck at the Polish Belarusian border

#RuthlessTrade campaign is featured in Polish magazine and the documentary by TVN24 follows the tiger’s 2000 km journey.

October 2019: Petition reaches 200,000

People call on the EU Commission to end the cruel tiger trade. Sign here!

September 2019: Press champions #RuthlessTrade campaign - published in 193 news articles across the world! 

Including UK, Austria, Germany, Malta, Lithuania, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Netherlands and Slovakia.

September 2019: FOUR PAWS exposes trader in Lithuania selling tiger cubs online 

FOUR PAWS reveals tiger trader’s willingness to falsify papers and his claim to have illegally trafficked other animals into Europe from Africa. 

August 2019: FOUR PAWS attends CoP 18 – Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) 

FOUR PAWS along with partnering organisations hold a joint side event at the conference that focuses on the tiger trade. FOUR PAWS report on EU trade is presented to a global audience.

FOUR PAWS helps draft and signs onto multiple interventions raising the issue of tiger trade, ensuring it is acknowledged among decision-makers.

Delegations from around the world vote to maintain the status quo related to tiger trade i.e. tigers should not be commercially bred and countries with tiger farms and/or large numbers of captive tigers should be audited and submit numbers.

July 2019: Czech Republic champions FOUR PAWS report and research

Czech Republic quotes FOUR PAWS report when asking the EU Commission to table EU tiger trade issue at CITES Management Authority meeting COM 86. 

June 2019: 150,000 people sign our petition supporting the EU tiger trade ban

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April 2019: FOUR PAWS’ research on EU tiger trade is mentioned in a letter to the EU Presidency 

Letter written by the European Parliament’s 'Intergroup for the Welfare and Conservation of Animals' urges the EU to vote in support of tiger protection. 

April 2019: Members of the European Parliament show support for our fight 

MEPs in Germany, Austria, and Bulgaria sign pledge to support ban on tiger trade

March 2019: #RuthlessTrade pop-up store in Germany - how would you react to being offered tiger products? 

We challenge members of the public on what is tiger trade – see their reactions here! 

December 2018: FOUR PAWS confronts EU Commission with evidence of EU tiger trade 

FOUR PAWS along with EIA and WPSI write joint letter to three European Commissioners.
Commissioners ignore seriousness of the issue.

November 2018: FOUR PAWS publishes report on European tiger trade and shares it with all EU member states and the EU Commission

'Protect our tigers: ban the commercial trade', read it here. 

2018

October 2018: FOUR PAWS UK projects ‘#RuthlessTrade – It’s CLOSER than you think’ on iconic landmarks throughout London

to raise awareness of the European tiger trade.

September 2018: Czech Republic submits report to CITES

outlining evidence of illegal tiger trade and seizures within the country. 

August 2018: A WIN! Czech Republic suspends commercial export of tigers to non-EU countries

FOUR PAWS previously shared investigation results with Czech enforcement officials.

July 2018: FOUR PAWS petition hits 100,000 signatures  

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July 2018: FOUR PAWS releases hidden camera footage showing Czech trader, L. Berousek offering to sell tigers to Asian buyers

Watch it here!

July 2018: FOUR PAWS calls for an EU-wide ban on commercial tiger trade following dead tiger and tiger parts found in Czech Republic and launches a public petition

This footage shows the discovery of the animal along with cookware used to produce traditional Asian medicine products (TCM). Following its arrest, the trader, L. Berousek only receives a suspended sentence and a fine.

Tiger behind bars

ban the tiger trade now!

Call on the European Commission to ban the commercial trade in tigers.

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