The Year Of The Tiger Calls For Saving Them From Extinction

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Saving Tigers From Extinction

Okay. This hub comes straight from my heart.

The Year of the Tiger is coming - Feb. 14, 2010 rolls in the Chinese New Year, and this year the Tiger is the ruling animal. This majestic creature symbolizes strength, courage, bravery, boldness, graciousness, and also power which can be dangerous if misused.

Unfortunately this is not good news for tigers.

With the Year of the Tiger there is an even higher demand for tiger parts on the black market and in Asia, as people have it in their heads that killing an animal so you can have part of it as a trophy somehow brings luck or longevity or some other reward for inhumane selfishness.

Sorry, I guess I'm a little passionate about this subject.

The sad truth is that there are more tigers living in captivity in Florida than there are in the wild in India.

And that just makes me want to cry.

Poaching is one of the biggest threats, as is habitat loss. Tigers and other big cats are predators that play incredibly important roles. Nature needs these beautiful animals to keep the balance of life.

Though honestly I think there shouldn't have to be a reason to preserve animals such as these - they should just be granted their birthright to life on the planet. Really, living in the wild is difficult enough without having to worry about poachers.

We are truly in danger of losing wild tigers to extinction. To me, this is not acceptable.

Here's what you can do:

  • Go to Big Cat Rescue and find out what you can do to help.
  • Educate others about the very real threat to tigers, and encourage them to do just one thing to take action. This can be through Big Cat Rescue or World Wildlife Fund, to name just two.
  • Share this hub to raise awareness for the tigers.

Raise awareness and save Tigers!

Tigers Are So Magnificent!

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

They are so beautiful and have as much right to life as we do. Such a good idea to recognize the harm being done in this the year of the tiger. Thanks for putting this so kind hub together. I'm on board.


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

BkCreative,

Thanks so much for your heartfelt comment. It's great to hear your support. I'm grateful you've taken the time to appreciate this hub, but even more so, the tigers.

Katrina


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

good job here, any person who loves animal is a good lover of good deeds, and yes we are in for another year, and greater demand for tigers,

I will go to that site, Big Cat Rescue, Thanks, Maita


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Katrina I love the big cats ! You can count on my support and donation to " Big Cat Rescue " ! Thanks for the pics and for giving me a venue to help !


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Maita,

Thanks for reading and for your sweet comment. Big hugs and gratitude for your support. Many blessings!


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Tony,

Oh, thank you! Your generosity and support for the tigers and other cats is so important and appreciated. I envision a world where there is no need for protection of species - where all creatures are simply in balance and live in respect for each other. May we see that day. Until then, everything we can do counts! :)


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Dame Scribe 6 years ago from Canada

My sons see a tiger on television and says, 'that's Diva's relative.' lol. Diva is our family hairball. It saddens me also to hear of the decline in population #'s of these truly magnificent animals. Going to vote. Great article! :)


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Dame Scribe,

Thanks so much for your compassion. I'm super grateful for my family cat as well, and think it's amazing when I see big cats up close and watch the similarities.


Crazdwriter 6 years ago

Kartina this hub is beautifully done. Definietly from the heart. And I am a huge sucker for tigers myself having two tiger who are my spirit guides (whether you believe that or not :-) ) Tigers are soooo beautiful!


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Crazdwriter,

Thank you so much for your recognition - this is a subject very close to my heart. Two tiger spirit guides. Wow! That's great. :) They are truly magnificent animals.


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Edweirdo 6 years ago from United States

Beautiful photos, and I agree completely that the slaughter of these majestic creatures is a tragedy.

On the plus side, congrats on your HubNuggets nomination! I think I know who I'll be voting for...


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Edweirdo,

Thanks so much! I appreciate the vote, and even more your compassion. The more people know about the danger to tigers, the better we can protect them through our knowledge.


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Great hub. Thank you for bringing to the attention of us all the need fot natural balance.

Best of luck with the nomination,my vote goes to you and the tigers.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

What a lovely hub and congratulations in your hubnuggets! You get my vote and so do the cats! I am more knowledgable now I have read this than before.

Spread the loooooove and keep spreading!

x


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

What A lovely hub, so well written with beautiful photographs. Well done


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

What fabulous pictures. I just adore tigers. Congrats on being one of the chosen Hubnuggets. 'Big cat rescue' has been on our list (my grandaughters and mine) for three years now.

Great hub to one of my favorite causes

regards Zsuzsy


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Petra,

Thanks so much. You're perfectly right - the more we bring our focus to living in balance with nature, the better off we'll be and the happier our lives. Blessings!


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Shazwellyn,

Big gratitude for your kindness and your vote. I'm glad you learned more about the cats here. I will indeed keep spreading the love! :)


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

JayJay,

I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub. It's easy to write when it's from the heart. Thanks very much for reading and leaving a comment.


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Zsuzsy Bee,

Big humble thanks for the HubNugget nomination. It's wonderful to see so many people read this hub and hear the heart connections that come up with people and tigers.

Big Cat Rescue does such good work - I visited them in December and was truly impressed with their sanctuary and organization. I'm moved to support them in whatever ways I can, and I figured writing a hub dedicated to the cats would be an excellent contribution. It's so rewarding to have people read it.


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Papa Sez 6 years ago from The Philippines to Canada

Thanks for bringing this issue to everybody's attention. I surely benefited from the information... and hopefully the tigers, too.

Congratulations Katrina on your nomination and good luck!


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Papa Sez,

Thank you so much! I'm grateful that you have learned something here, as the more people know about the challenges tigers face, the more likely we are to do something about it.


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Papa Sez,

Thank you so much! I'm grateful that you have learned something here, as the more people know about the challenges tigers face, the more likely we are to do something about it.


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Katrina, these photos are beautiful. Thank you for bringing into awareness about their plight. May we all be called to act. :) Congratulations for your Hubnugget Nomination. To keep abreast with the Hubnuggets, click here: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/10-New-Author...


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Ripplemaker,

It's part of my calling, I think, to help raise awareness about the things I care about. Isn't that what we do as human beings? Thanks so much for your appreciation of it, and many thanks for the Hubnugget nomination!


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The Rope 6 years ago from SE US

Thank you for your honesty and heartfelt look at the issue. Always happy to see what's "near & dear" to fellow hubbers. Congrats on your Hubnugest nomination!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I loved the pictures of the tigers. I wrote a similar hub regarding polar bears. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Aloha!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Congrats on being nominated for the HubNugget Wannabes! Good luck to ya! This is a great hub, I love tigers, they are just so beautiful and majestic. Would love to have one for a pet, of that would probably be the extinction of me. :) Thanks for sharing!


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lisaluv9784 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

Tigers are such beautiful creatures.I applaud you for trying to get the word out.It would be sad to see these animals gone for good.


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IdeaMorphist 6 years ago from Chicagoland

I adore tigers. Thank you for posting something so informative on such an important topic. Seems people of the world are always obsessed with saving themselves, not enough of us look at what we can do to save animals, who are unable to save themselves.


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

The Rope - Thanks so much for caring enough to read this hub. It's such a great feeling to have people appreciate my offerings.


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Elayne,

Aloha! Thanks for reading, for your comment, and for letting me know we share similar feelings for animals who are facing challenges. I'm off to find your polar bear hub. :)


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Lisaluv,

It would be a sad day indeed if we lost these magnificent cats. Thanks so much for reading and for leaving a comment. Glad to meet you here!


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

IdeaMorphist,

Adore - that's such a good word, and an excellent way to describe your feelings for tigers. I agree; rather than focusing on saving one thing on the planet, we could really just simplify things and do what is necessary to take care of the whole global family - plants, animals, humans, oceans and all!


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myawn 6 years ago from Florida

The Tiger is my Chinese sign. I love them they are beauitful. Thanks for the great hub and wonderful pictures!


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Myawn,

Ah! You must be excited for the Chinese New Year - may all the strengths of the Tiger be beautifully balanced in your life.

Thanks so much for your comment and for enjoying the hub!


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Kosmo 6 years ago from California

Save the Tiger! A recent issue of "Smithsonsian" magazine showed there are only 4,000 tigers left in the wild. As long as poached wildlife remains big business the tigers don't have a chance. Alas, I'm afraid human greed and stupidity will kill the tiger. Of course, there's always hope! Good hub. Later!


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Kosmo,

Let's vote for hope, shall we? Thanks for posting this recent fact and adding awareness to the urgency to save tigers. Great comment!


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Hi Katrina,

Congratulations, you made it to the top 5 so your featured hub will be seen by many people.

Very happy for you


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks so much, Petra. Your kindness is touching.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hey Girl, congrats to this hub, I will link it to my hub Chinese New Years Tradition, http://hubpages.com/holidays/Chinese-New-years-Tra...

Thanks, Maita


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Maita,

Thanks! I think I'll add yours here as well. It has a lot of good, relevant info.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hey Katrina, I was waiting for your next hub, I just came to drop by to know how are you now, Maita


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Maita,

You're so sweet! I'm doing well. Hopefully I'll get a new hub up here pretty soon! Your hubs are looking good! Happy Chinese New Year!


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trooper22 6 years ago from Chicago

I was born in 1962 so this is my year so to speak. These are extraordinary creatures. It is unfortunate that human ignorance to the ways of nature will more than likely prove fatal to them and us as well. A recently read a book called "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn which describes the human war on the natural world perfectly.


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada Author

Trooper,

Enjoy your year of the Tiger! It's so great to be able to increase awareness of how we as humans impact the planet, take action where we can, and yet not get dragged down by it (because that doesn't help anyone involved.)

Even though there are so many issues we're facing as a global community, I have real optimism because there are a lot more people every day who are waking up to what really needs to happen for us to survive and thrive in harmony. Hopefully this Year of the Tiger will be a turning point for the better, and from this point on people will increase the amount of choices they make that are good for the whole world.

Thanks so much for leaving a comment!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Katrina, How are you again? I was so glad I joined the contest cooking at HP and one of my hub was again chosen as a potential winner for weekly, I would like to ask if you havent voted yet, please consider it -- http://hubpages.com/food

thats the link and my hub is Cooking Technique in Noddle Soup by prettydarkhorse, number ten choice, Thanks always, Maita


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

@Katrina Ariel...What lovely pictures of one of our most popular animals who are in danger of extinction! Thanks for your work and sharing this Hub on behalf of these beautiful cats! Animals rule!

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