三巴旺集選區的議員林博士(Lim Wee Kiak)說：「只要有需求，就會有供應。光是立法並不足以完全遏止瀕危物種及其產製品的非法貿易。我們必須對公眾進行更多的教育，喚起大眾保育意識，使虎製品的需求下降，供應自然就會終止。」
就在3月3日，杜哈會議召開之前，俄羅斯遠東執行海關(Far Eastern Operative Customs)以及符拉迪沃斯托克海關的緝私犬小組，與WWF以及TRAFFIC野生動植物監測網絡共同在媒體前作了一份簡報，展示緝私犬小組在符拉迪沃斯托克國際機場的工作狀況。
DOHA, Qatar, March 22, 2010 (ENS) - Countries could begin treating illegal trade in tiger parts as seriously as they treat arms and drug trafficking under a deal reached today at the triennial meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES.
Parties to the CITES treaty agreed to develop a database to help monitor the illegal trade in tiger, leopard and snow leopard parts.
"This proposal was a test for the effectiveness of CITES as an international conservation agreement and despite the compromise, progress was made," said Carlos Drews, director, Species Programme, WWF International. "But words alone will not save wild tigers as a global poaching epidemic empties Asia's forests and CITES governments will need to live up to the commitments made today."
The agreement comes as fresh evidence of trade in tiger parts was presented to CITES delegates by an animal conservation organization based in Singapore.
Tiger parts are used for traditional medicine, jewelry, lucky charms and novelties. Pieces of tiger skin are made into amulets as religious lucky charms believed to bring authority, power and protection.
"It is important to note that anyone who advertises for sale any tiger parts contravenes the act, even if the products turn out to be not authentic. By making a claim that the product is from tigers, the dealer is potentially driving up the demand for tiger parts, which directly contravenes the spirit of CITES and the local legislation meant to enforce CITES," said Anbarasi Boopal, director of the ACRES Wildlife Crime Unit.
Singapore has previously been recognized as playing a role in the trade of tiger products from neighboring countries such as Indonesia, for both domestic trade and international re-exports.
Dr. Lim Wee Kiak, Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC, said, "As long as there is demand, there will be supply. Legislation alone is insufficient to bring a complete halt to the illegal trading of endangered species and their parts. We must do more public education and awareness so demands for them can be curbed and supply will then terminate."
In Doha, government delegates supported an existing decision to ensure that tiger farms do not supply the illegal market for big cat products.
CITES Parties called for an urgent meeting of senior police and customs officers before a Head of State tiger summit to be held in Vladivostok, Russia later this year.
The Russian government, the global conservation organization WWF and the World Bank initiated the tiger summit, in which the heads of 13 states are expected to participate.
WWF estimates Russia's Khabarovsk and Primorye regions currently have 500 Amur tigers.
On March 3, in advance of the CITES meeting in Doha, the sniffer dog divisions of Far Eastern Operative Customs and Vladivostok Customs together with WWF and the TRAFFIC wildlife monitoring network held a briefing for the media and demonstrated their work at the Vladivostok International Airport.
Customs officers told reporters that the dogs help to combat a new trend that has appeared in illegal wildlife trade - smugging wildlife parts in small pieces hidden on the body or in clothing. In these cases, they said, only a specially trained dog can detect items hidden from customs control.