Last chance to save the tigers

To President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan:

As concerned citizens from around the globe, we ask you to take urgent action to save Indonesia’s Sumatran tigers from extinction. In particular, we call on you to uphold Indonesian laws by putting a stop to logging in protected areas, seizing illegal timber, investigating the crimes committed by APP and other timber companies, and prosecuting those crimes to the full extent of the law.

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Posted: 14 March 2012
Indonesia’s tigers are on the brink of extinction and unless we take urgent action now, they could be gone forever.

There’s only 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild -- large scale logging has wiped out their habitats, decimating their populations. Yet, despite strict controls against logging, one of the world’s biggest timber companies (APP) has just been caught red-handed illegally slashing rare Ramin trees from the tigers’ home, an officially protected area. Under Indonesian forest laws, the Ministry of the Forestry has a legal responsibility to seize illegal timber and investigate the crimes. But they’re backing away, claiming there isn’t sufficient evidence.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he’d dedicate his presidency to stopping deforestation -- let’s hold him to his word with a global appeal urging him to ensure the Forestry Ministry seizes illegally chopped timber, fully investigates the APP case, and brings all wrongdoers to justice. Sign the petition and together we can stop the timber companies killing tigers! 

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