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Bollywood Celebrities Urge People To Protect Tigers On International Tiger Day

International Tiger Day is celebrated globally every year on July 29.

MUMBAI, India — On International Tiger Day 2021, Bollywood celebrities, including Randeep Hooda, Dia Mirza, and Raveena Tandon, took to social media to spread awareness about tiger conservation.

Tandon shared her views on Instagram on wildlife conservation and the problems it faces.

“Today we celebrate International Tiger Day. Wildlife is God’s gift to our planet,” she wrote.

“But, sadly today, natural habitats of animals and plants are being destroyed for mining, encroachments, land grabbing, vote bank politics, overdevelopment, farming, poaching, and hunting by humans.”

“Our wildlife pays the deadly price. (There’s no) No Political Will. How much ever activists and researchers may plead, but if (there’s no) no political will, then nothing can be saved. Wildlife conservation has become very crucial to preserve the balance of nature.”

She also explained the impact of the extinction of wildlife on human life.

“The extinction of wildlife species will certainly have a fatal impact on human race as well. So, for us as humans, it becomes a great responsibility to save the wildlife, our planet and most importantly our own selves (sic).”

“Highway” actor Hooda took to Twitter handle to talk about the importance of tigers in our lives.

“Tiger = Forest = Oxygen = River = Water = Us !!! Save Tigers, Save Humanity! #InternationalTigerDay #GlobalTigerDay (sic),” he tweeted.

The United Nations Environment Goodwill Ambassador and actor Mirza also pledged to protect Tiger habitats on her Twitter handle. She shared a thread of tweets where she talked about tigers.

“This #GlobalTigerDay salute to all our the protectors of our #Wild. They dedicate their lives to our #BigCats and forests,” she said.

“Without them, we would not have 70% of the world’s wild #Tigers in India. Pledge to protect Tiger habitats and support the guardians of #WildIndia.”

“Nearly 300 Indian rivers originate from Tiger Reserves. India has highlighted economic, social, cultural, and spiritual benefits offered by tiger reserves to the common man. This includes clean drinking water, employment opportunities, mitigation of climate change amongst others.”

Mirza also talked about her contribution to the tiger habitat.

“Over the years, I have taken great joy in planting 8000 indigenous trees on the buffer (zones) of Tiger habitats and supported organizations that work to protect our wildlife,” she said.

“Hope we can all find ways to be a part of #GenerationRestoration and act #ForNature #GlobalTigerDay.”

The theme for the 2021 International Tiger Day is “Their survival is in our hands.”

International Tiger Day is celebrated globally every year on July 29 to raise awareness about these big cats that are in danger of extinction. 

India is home to almost 2,226 tigers, over half of the world’s wild tiger population. Tiger hunting was banned officially in India after the Enactment of the Wildlife (Protection) Act in 1972. As of now, India has a total of 39 Tiger Reserves.

The major stakeholders in India’s tiger conservation efforts are the Ministry of Environment and Forests (Government of India), State Forest Departments, the National Tiger Conservation Authority, and local communities. 

Tourism Departments, non-governmental organizations like the World Wildlife Fund, and the media also play a role in tiger conservation programs.

(With inputs from ANI)

Edited by Ojaswin Kathuria and Nikita Nikhil

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