TigerTime celebrity supporters including Stephen Fry, Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Deborah Meaden, Melanie C, 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 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 for arms to save the tiger.
Other celebrities that took part included Jane Fallon, Kirsty Gallacher, Darryn Lyons, Amanda Abbington, Wincey Willis, Brian Blessed, Sheridyn Fisher, Sarah Jane Honeywell, Lynn Shepherd, Simon King, Lucy Pinder, Zoe Lyons, Peter Egan, Samantha Fox, Liz Bonnin, Theo Paphitis, Sick Of It All and Marcus Brigstocke.
You can join the call here.