Tiger on verge of extinction: UN agency

Tiger on verge of extinction: UN agency

Just 20 years ago there were 100,000 tigers in Asia, but now only 3,200 remain in the wild, according to UN Willem Wijnstekers, the secretary general of the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES.

He called on countries to come up with strategies, and cooperate with international agencies such as Interpol, to end poaching and illegal trade in tiger products.
"We must admit that we have failed miserably," Wijnstekers said at the two-week conference in the Gulf state of Qatar.

"Although the tiger has been prized throughout history ... it is now literally on the verge of extinction."Tigers are poached for their skins and parts of their bodies are prized for decoration and traditional medicine.Delegates at the UN conference will also consider the spike in rhino poaching and ways to combat criminal networks involved in the illegal trade in horns in parts of Africa and Asia.

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