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article imageRare Sumatran tiger dies after being caught in trap: video

By Lynn Curwin     Jul 26, 2011 in Environment
A rare Sumatran tiger died during a rescue attempt after spending six days caught in a boar trap, unable to get food or water, in Indonesia.
When forest officers arrived to move the tiger, which was believed to be about 18 months old, it was too late, and it died about three hours after being tranquilized.
"The tiger died on July 1, seven days after it fell into the trap. It couldn't eat or drink, its paw had turned black already and there were many flies around it," Greenpeace media campaigner Zamzami told the AFP.
Osmantri, the coordinator of anti-poaching and illegal wildlife trading for World Wildlife Fund Indonesia, said the police do not think the trapping was a criminal act because the trapper notified authorities and had not intend to sell the tiger, but he believes that the type of trap the man used should be considered.
“If it was only made of nylon, tigers would have easily escaped, but this trap was made of steel slings and that’s why it crushed its paws,” he told the Jakarta Globe.
He also questioned why the man, who found the tiger on a Sunday, did not report it until Thursday.
It is thought that there are now only about 400 of these big cats remaining in the wild.
Mother Jones reported that zoologist Tom Maddox, country coordinator for Indonesia at the Zoological Society of London, said that Indonesia has lost 40 per cent of its forest during the past 50 years.
Between 2000 and 2005, an area the size of Portugal was cleared, and there are now roads throughout what is left of the tigers' habitat.
Near the spot where the tiger was trapped is a large area which has been cleared by Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). There is also clearing still taking place nearby.
"This pulp and paper company adds insult to injury by portraying itself as a sustainable, responsible business – which acts to protect biodiversity and animals like the Sumatran tiger," states a Greenpeace post.
" It runs ads on television and in print all over the world presenting itself almost as if it is an NGO, rather than a pulp and paper business. These ads often use the tagline ‘APP Cares’ next to an image like the imprint of a tiger paw, giving the impression that APP cares about tigers. In reality its operations destroy tiger habitat for profit - pushing these animals to the brink of extinction."
Greenpeace forests campaigner Reece Turner said the footage of the trapped tiger is representative of more and more cases of the animals being pushed out of their homes due to logging.
"These destroyed habitats are being converted into toilet paper and sold by IGA to households across Australia," The Herald Sun quoted him as saying.
The paper reported that a spokesman for APP's Australian affiliate Solaris said: "The suggestion by Greenpeace that any of APP's direct or supplier operations would be, in whole or part, responsible for the death of a Sumatran Tiger is not only grossly inaccurate but deeply offensive to everyone in the APP family."
Several companies, including Kraft, Nestle, Target, Fuji, Xerox, Tesco, Adidas and Carrefour have ended deals with APP during the past few years because of environmental concerns. Last month, Mattel promised to stop buying from APP.
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