Like many of us, I have always loved tigers. They are such beautiful creatures, but sadly their numbers have been in sharp decline. They are now more tigers in captivity on tiger farms than there are in the wild, where there are only around 4000 tigers to be found. One of the reasons why tigers are so endangered is the illegal wildlife trade, for example in tiger skins and the use of tiger bone in traditional medicine. I recently attended a meeting of the All-Party Group on China, where we heard about the Environmental Investigation Agency’s new campaign, calling on the UK Government to help stamp out this indefensible trade.
I have also now co-signed a letter to Michael Gove ahead of the upcoming Conference on CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), where proposals put forward by India – which is home to more wild tigers than any other country – will be considered. I am more than happy to support #MPsforTigers and I hope the UK will play a leading role at CITES in May, particularly in persuading countries such as China to come on board.