4th GREEN GUARD AWARD
MEDIA REPORTING ON WILDLIFE CAUSES
RECIPIENT : Mr. Simon Parry, Red Door News Agency, Hong Kong
Article ´ Bad medicine ´ published in SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, on April22, 2007
Survival of tiger is threatened today, in all its wild habitats, across Asia and parts of Russia. The loss of forest habitat at an alarming rate and an unprecedented spate of poaching are the two most important reasons attributed to the tigers moving towards extinction.
Poaching of tiger for its body parts is now a big business, specially in China, followed by Tibet, Korea, Mongolia, Japan and Vietnam. But the poachers from these countries have almost usurped their native population of tigers, over the decades. Desperate to replenish the stock, the trade has long spread to India, Indonesia, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal, through international conduits. However, there seems to be a big gap between supply and demand, as the markets in the Far Eastern countries have overgrown with the recent economic boom. In the scenario, remaining wild tigers in the Indian sub-continent are steadily being pushed to doomsday.
Sensing a crash of market in future, some shrewd Chinese businessmen have off-late made huge investments to farm tigers! Presently, while the body parts of the sub-continental tigers are being routed to China, the Chinese tiger farm owners show the stock as farm produced, whenever challenged!
Simon Parry took a risk on his life to unveil the modus-operandi of the business, invading into one such Tiger Farm in China, in the disguise of a customer. He was ably assisted by his photographer, Mr. Richard Jones to capture the images of horror. Simon Parry made a mindboggling story under the title 'Bad Medicine' that was published in the South China Morning Post publication on April 22, 2007 (the article follows in next page).
Ever since the article was published, the world awakened to the true designs of tiger trade. As a fall out, the ethics of tiger farming are now being firmly challenged by the civil societies across the world.
The article 'Bad Medicine' is a milestone media coverage on the life and times of the caged tigers of China. We believe it will help create an international opinion to ban the practice of tiger farming for good.
This is the first year that THE JUNGLEES have moved out of the borders of India to honour people from across the world. Indeed, Mr. Simon Parry has been our first and unanimous choice when we widened our perspective to include media reports in conservation of the global wildlife.