Tiger news articles

Note:  Toney Mars was a campaign director of Western Canada Wilderness Committee from November 1995 to August 1999, but has since departed from that organization.

1995-12-02-6                    The Vancouver Sun                 by Nicholas Read

[Animal parts for sale, and its legal]

"¦˜The Chinese awareness is really not there," Marr says. "Maybe the only person you saw in Chinatown today who knows or cares about the plight of the tiger was me.¦"

1996-01-08-1             Times Colonist, Victoria                by Malcolm Curtis

[Tiger, tiger, put it right]

"¦ ˜If major endangered species of the world “ bear, elephant, tiger, rhino “ become extinct as a result of Chinese demand for their body parts, I would consider that a very serious crime against nature," Marr said in an interview¦"

1997-02-13-4                 The Vancouver Sun                 by Toney Mars

[Tiger, tiger, burning¦out?]

"¦ If we commit to Gaia our heart and soul, our children may just see a new world emerge, one more compassionate than ever before, perhaps one destined for the stars."

1997-03-19                         The Hindu, Delhi, India

[In aid of the vanishing Bengal Tiger]

"Finally, the BETR Campaign to save bears, elephants, tigers and rhinos has entered India as well¦"

1997-05-08           The Georgia Straight, Vancouver           by Roland Goetz

[Save tigers rather than saving feelings]

"¦ According to the article ([Bloody Superstition] - April 14), Garry Grigg of the Canadian Wildlife Service says, ˜We dont want to be too heavy. We have got too many new Canadians here, and it takes a while to assimilate. Were dealing with something that is thousands of years old.

"My question is, would we allow other cultural practices, such as incest, clitoral mutilation, bestiality, or polygamy, to be imported into Canada?¦

"¦ to save some feelings, we (may be allowing) a magnificent species to be destroyed."

1997-07-08         The Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa, Ontario        by Finbar OReilly

[Animal activist targets Chinatown]

"¦ One Ottawa professor of traditional Chinese medicine, who asked not to be identified, said she abides by Canadas laws banning the sale of tiger and bear parts, but that doesnt mean she agrees with them.

"˜How come you have to protect the tiger, but not the cow? she asked. ˜I am a doctor. I want to treat people. If you care more about human than animal (sic), then why not use animal parts for safety?¦

"Mr. Marr, who plans a visit to the Chinatowns of both Toronto and Ottawa (to demonstrate that the new law) is not being properly enforced¦"

1997-07-11                     The Toronto Sun                     by Tom Godfrey

[Tiger goods on shelf]

"¦ Toronto has become a hotbed for the sale of animal parts, including penises¦ said Toney Mars¦

"Marr said within an hour he was able to buy processed medicines containing or claiming to contain tiger bone, seal penis, deer penis¦"

1997-07-15                 The Globe and Mail, national             by Michael Valpy

[The trade in seal and tiger parts]

"This is a Canadian story. Toney Mars, a Chinese Canadian who lives in Vancouver, is sitting in a Toronto hotel restaurant waiting for a television crew.

"When the crew arrives, he will take its members to Toronto's Chinese communitys downtown commercial district on Spadina Avenue. Here they will wire him with a microphone and film him buying illegal tiger bone pills and legal, regrettably, seal penis pills¦

"Mr. Marr, an intense man, says he has been embarrassed by all these practices¦"

1997-10-01-3               News Leader, Burnaby, BC

[Gilmore students join efforts to "Save-the-Tiger"]

"¦ ˜Unless a huge conservation effort ignites now, the tiger will be extinct in the wild by the year 2004¦ said Toney Mars¦ who gives the slideshows to the schools. ˜Some adults say, "How many tiger are there in Canada? Why should we be bothered? Go ask the kids.¦"

1997-10-04-6        The Peace Arch News, Surrey, BC         by Tracy Holmes

[Care for the cats]

"Save the tiger.

"That was the message students of Peace Arch Elementary received at a presentation by¦ Toney Mars¦

"Under the watchful eyes of a 50-foot inflatable tiger, the kids learned the only 4,000 tigers remain in the wild, and that some subspecies totaled less than the number of students in the gym.

"But, ˜I do not believe the tiger is doomed, Toney Mars told the kids. ˜The reason I believe this is because nobody has ever asked kids like you to help out. If we can get kids around the world to say, ˜I want to save the tiger, I believe the tiger will be saved.¦

"He also asked them to come to the Save-the-Tiger Walk at Stanley Park Oct. 18."

1997-10-08-3                 The Vancouver Courier                 by Gudrun Will

[Students take tiger by the tail]

"High school environmental club rallies behind animal activist.

"An auditorium full of Kitsilano high school students roared in appreciation¦

"Inspiring youth, Marr believes, is the only hope to save the rapidly diminished species¦"

1997-10-16                 The Westender, Vancouver

[Halloween fun, Tiger Walk set]

"¦ The WCWC has organized Save-the-Tiger Walk 97¦"

1997-10-19-7                     The Province, Vancouver

[Walking for wildlife]

"Hundreds of concerned people took part in the ˜Save-the-Tiger Walk in Vancouvers Stanley Park yesterday. They were walking to raise money to protect the dwindling number of tigers left in the wild."

1997-10-19-7         Ming Pao Daily News (Chinese), global

[1,000 people walk to save 4,000 tigers]

"WCWCs Save-the-Tiger Walk attracted over 1,000 children and their teachers and parents, and raised $20,000¦"

1997-10-29-3                 The Comox Valley Echo              by Diane Radmore

[Service to remember animals]

"Animal lovers of all kinds are invited to come hear guest speakers and attend an outdoor gathering called In Remembrance of the Animals at noon Saturday, November 1, at the Sid Williams Foundation in downtown Courtenay¦

"¦ Toney Mars, initiator of the worldwide BETR Campaign¦ will also be in attendance¦"

1997-10-31-5             The Comox Valley Record         `    by Diane Radmore

[Vigil for lost wildlife]

"Local activists to speak at downtown rally tomorrow¦

"¦ Since last years referendum on bear hunting in BC campaign, Marr has been to India on behalf of the dwindling tiger population and was a guest speaker at last weeks International Fund for Animal Welfare Conference concerning the East Coast seal hunt¦"

1998-01-31             Sing Tao Daily (Chinese), global

[The next Year of the Tiger may see no more wild tigers]

"¦ Toney Mars calls upon all Chinese, Japanese and Korean people around the world to stop using tiger bone, bear gall and rhino horn medicines¦"

1998-01-31                 Ming Pao Daily (Chinese), global

[Tigers may be extinct within one decade]

"¦ Toney Mars speaks out from the Year of the Tiger booth at Aberdeen Centre¦"

1998-02-24-2         The News, Parksville - Qualicum Beach, BC

[WCWCs Bear Man returns to QB]

"Toney Mars will be in Qualicum Beach next Tuesday, presenting slides of his two recent trips to India¦

"Marr has stirred up a media storm¦

"Marr will be ˜Champions of the Tiger in Omni-Films Champions of the Wild series on Discovery Channel this fall¦"

1998-02-24-2                     Comox Valley Echo

[Saving the Tiger theme for slideshow]

"¦ Please come out to witness the beauty of these magnificent animals and celebrate the ray of hope that Toney brings us."

1998-02-                 The Free Press, Nanaimo, BC

["Champion of the Tiger" visits]

"The ˜Champion of the Tiger will share his story with Nanaimo¦

"The slideshow starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Maffeo-Sutton auditorium¦ on March 5¦"

1998-02-27-5             The Comox Valley Record

[Tigers in danger]

"WCWC hopes all to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Tiger with Toney Marr¦"

1998-03                     Technocracy Digest                         by Bette Hiebert

[The Year of the Tiger - so, why are they killing them?]

"For money, of course¦

"Toney Mars¦ is on his way to challenge the East Asian destroyers in their lairs, to confront these people who are making millions killing these beautiful cats¦

"Mr. Marr believes that if we commit to the Earth our heart and soul, our children may see a new world more compassionate than ever before. We hope he is right, but as long as there is the almighty dollar, there will be no compassion, and our children will see nothing but barren earth¦"

1998-06-07-7                 The Vancouver Courier                 by Gudrun Will

[Tiger volunteers paint mural to save species]

"On a scalding Wednesday afternoon, underwear clad painters dab tropical sunset colours on the front wall of downtown Davie Street hangout DV8. The artists are creating a tiger mural in preparation for a silent art auction to help save the species.

"... Organizer Tracy Zuber, a tiny 29-year-old in black sports bra and plaid shorts, is a self-professed tiger fanatic. Images of the wild animal cover her apartment walls. 'They're the personification of beauty, power and grace. They're a figurehead of primal life power,' said Zuber. 

"Her preferred felines, however, are also a rapidly dwindling species; little more than 4,000 are left in the wild, and two are killed per day. Zuber was inspired to raise funds to slow down the tiger's beeline to extinction while participating in the Save-the-Tiger Walk last fall with her daughter Fija. The Year of the Tiger seemed an appropriate time to make an effort, she says......

"¦ conservationist Toney Mars will present a slideshow that night¦"

1998-09                                The Vancouver Sun

[Champions return to Discovery]

"˜It took the tiger 10 million years to evolve to its present state of magnificence, says Toney Mars, ˜but less than one century to fall to the brink of extinction. This, sadly, is the way of humans.

"The Chinese-born Canadian is featured in the Bengal Tiger of India episode of the award-winning TV documentary series Champions of the Wild, now in its second season on Discovery Channel¦

"Each episode highlights the efforts of a particular conservationist, from Clark Lungrens work in the Nazinga Game Reserve, airing October 5, to Marrs multi-faceted campaign to protect the tiger on October 12¦

"Champions of the Wild was produced by Omni Film Productions, in association with the National Film Board, BC Film, and the Discovery Channel, with the participation of Telefilm and the Cable Production Fund."

1998-10-11-7           The Province, Vancouver            by Jonathan McDonald

[Species run for their lives]

"Premier - Champions of the Wild - Mondays at 6 and 10 p.m. on Discovery Channel.

"¦ this 13-part series is only partly about the animals who are running for their lives. Its mainly about the people - Canadians by and large - who are doing whatever they can to reverse increasingly hopeless situations.

"˜Its vital, says Toney Mars, a Vancouverite who heads the Tigers Forever campaign and is the subject of ˜Bengal Tigers of India, which premiers Monday night on Discovery Channel. ˜The tiger is an icon of wildlife conservation. It is one of the worlds most admired and also most endangered animals. If it falls extinct, the whole global conservation effort will lose steam, and the world will lose an immeasurable amount of beauty.

"Marr is not kidding. Seeing the Bengal tiger sleep, prowl and hunt is wondrous. Seeing the work of poachers - tiger skins and medicines - is no less than horrifying and offensive. And seeing Marr sit down in an Indian village to tell the children about the beauty of the tiger - an animal, he urges, that deserves to be on Earth - is the perfect reflection of Canadians work around the globe.

"˜Theyre extremely dedicated, says Chris Bruyere, Champions producer¦ ˜Often, these are people who dont believe theres such a thing as fighting a losing battle.¦"

1998-10-11-7         Ming Pao Daily News (Chinese), global

[Chinese campaigner saving 4,000 remaining wild tigers]

"The WCWC set up booth at the Vancouver Public Library Saturday to publicize tiger conservation, and will lead the Save-the-Tiger Walk at Stanley Park next Saturday¦

"Toney Mars says that of the original 8 subspecies of tigers, only 5 remain, totaling no more than 4 or 5 thousand, of which two die daily to poaching and other causes. At this rate, there will be no tigers left to celebrate the next Year of the Tiger¦"

1998-10-18-7         Ming Pao Daily News (Chinese), global

[100 walk to save 4,000 tigers]

"¦ Last years Save-the-Tiger Walk brought out 2,000 people and raised almost $20,000 for tiger conservation. Unfortunately, this years Walk picked the worse possible time weatherwise. Only 100 people showed up to brave the heavy rain and high winds¦"

1998-11-07                         Toronto Sun                         by Michael Clement

[Animal Parts illegally sold here: activist]

"A west-coast wildlife activist alleges he purchased three bottles containing parts of endangered species, being sold illegally in a store in Torontos Chinatown yesterday¦

"Marr asked reporters to accompany him to the Po Chi Tong Chinese pharmacy on Dundas St. W. yesterday where he purchased the three bottles. The bottles of pills purportedly contained bear gall bladder secretion, possibly from the endangered Asiatic Black bear, secretions from the musk gland of the endangered Musk Deer, and tiger bone, possibly from the endangered Bengal or Siberian Tiger, Marr said.

"˜Internationally, endangered species are totally forbidden to be traded, alive or dead, in whole or part, he said, adding that in June 1996 Ottawa enacted laws ˜forbidding the sale of anything containing endangered species parts.

"˜The point of this exercise is to prove that the law is not being effectively enforced.¦"

1998-11-26-4                     Nelson Daily News                         by Bob Hall

[Kids in the tigers grasp]

"Toney Mars¦ is touring area schools this week promoting the Save-the-Tiger campaign. With the help of the Nelson Youth Environmental group who put on a play of Dr. Seusss The Lorax followed by Marrs slideshow¦ Wednesday morning, Marr talked to Hume Elementary School students in front of a 12 foot high, 50 feet long inflatable tiger prop. To bring further attention to the issue there will be a Save-the-Tiger Walk-a-thon this Saturday at Lakeside Park starting at 11 a.m. For more information contact the Nelson Eco-Centre."

1998-12-02-3                         Trail Daily News                     by Lana Rodlie

[WCWC shares extinction fears with area students]

"¦ Bring the message about diminishing tigers to area schools, Toney Marr is hoping to save the tiger, one child at a time¦

"Pointing out how every living thing affect the life of something else, he asked the children, ˜How many cows do you think live in India?

"Would you believe 350 million?

"Cows eat grass. Deer eat grass. Tigers eat deer. If the cows eat up all the grass, what do you think will happen to the deer, and the tiger?¦

"˜Still, if you go into an Indian national park, youre not allowed to touch anything, take anything, not even pick a blade of grass. But would you believe in a BC park, you are allowed to kill grizzly bears?"

1999-02                     Travel Talk magazine, India                     TT Bureau

[Save the Tiger campaign]

"¦ ˜A conscious effort has to be made to make the villagers aware of the hazards of deforestation, overgrazing and poaching, and their consequences on the whole ecological balance, said Marr.

"His Save-the-Tiger campaign has introduced new eco-friendly techniques for resource conservation, like solar cooking devices and biogas to wean the villagers from their dependence on wood-fuel¦

"Marr also feels that the entry fee to the Indian wildlife sanctuaries should be raised manifold to benefit the locals of the area and also to maintain the reserves¦"

1999-02-12-5                 The Hindu, national, India

[Need to protect tigers stressed]

"¦ Mr. Marr, who is of Chinese extraction, is apologetic about the role of his country of origin in making the tiger a haunted animal¦ The Chinese make medicines out of tiger parts and, in the process, import as many as 300 dead tigers from India and Russia a year¦

"Owning up to his birth country is the penitent Mr. Marr when he says that he is paying the penalty for his countrymen by campaigning (against the Chinese tradition)¦

"¦ In the Pink City (Jaipur), Mr. Marr lectured to 2500 school children in three schools. In Delhi, he had a captive audience of children in 10 schools. He is convinced that children are Indias hope for its national animals the tiger¦"

1999-02-14-7                     The Asian Age, India

[Tiger walk today to save wild cats]

"¦ According to official estimates¦ tiger numbers have dwindled from 3,750 in 1993 to 3,000 in 1997. After the initial success of Project Tiger, the 90s have seen a drastic fall in tiger numbers. The tiger population in reserves around the country stands at 1,333 in 1995¦"

1999-02-15-1                         The Statesman, India

[A valentine for the big cat]

"An unusual ˜Valentine Day message was displayed by tiger enthusiasts in the Capital who went on a brisk march from Delhi Zoo to the head quarters of Project Tiger at Bikaner House, to spread the message of conservation.

"Children and adults held up banners for the ˜Love Tiger Walk¦ (Organizers) pointed out that the largest cat n the world today has a mortality rate of two per day in the world and one per day in India alone.

"˜Especially as a tigress does not have another litter till her young can support themselves, ˜it is so much necessary to support the ones which are alive, as they do not breed rapidly like other species, said a child who participated in the march.

"A video show, an inflatable tiger blimp and presentations by eminent conservationists were some of the features of the march, which was supported (in part) by the WCWC."

1999-02-15-1                     The Indian Express, India

[Tiger, tiger burning bright]

"A tiger balloon at the Love the Tiger Walk at the Delhi Zoo on Sunday¦"

1999-02-15-1                     The Hindu, national, India

[Valentines tiger lovers]

"¦ A team comprising Mr. Toney Mars, campaign director of WCWC¦ has been making slide presentations, holding video shows and having interactions inside a 50-feet inflatable tiger balloon¦

"They have been received with great enthusiasm by more than 5,000 students of various age groups. Painting competitions and slogan contests have also been organized as part of the campaign¦"

1999-02-15-1                 The Pioneer, national, India

[˜Save Tiger walk]

"Wildlife lovers walked through the busy streets of the national Capital on Valentines Day on Sunday to show their love for the tiger, which faces the threat of extinction¦"

1999-02-15-1         The Hindustan Times, national, India

[Save the tiger]

"A 50-foor balloon tiger at the National Zoological Park to generate awareness among the masses for the conservation of the tiger¦"

1999-02-16-2         Delhi Times, The Times of India, national

[He is no ordinary tiger]

"They sit inside it and discuss its decimation from the face of the planet. Its 50-foot long and 12-foot high and is made of parachute material that can inflate. Striped bright yellow and black, this tiger was (brought to India) by WCWC for a Save-the-Tiger campaign to generate awareness on tiger conservation amongst school children¦"

1999-03-18-4         The Hitavada ("The oldest and largest circulated English daily in Central India") 

[Save tigers from extinction: Marr - Great mission: Toney Mars educating children about protecting the majestic and beautiful tiger]

"¦ Mr. Marr who is tirelessly working in India¦ said that the tiger is the greatest national treasure of India, but even more so, it is a global treasure that is revered the world over. ˜Though it belongs to no individual, its loss would impoverish us all.¦

"¦ Mr. Marr said that the Royal Bengal tiger might look the most secure of all remain subspecies, but in truth, it is no more secure that the last carriage of a crashing train¦

"Currently, Mr. Marr, along with (Canadian volunteer Anne Wittman) and¦ (Indian conservationist) Faiyaz Khudsar are battling to educate the people living around the Kanha (Tiger Reserve)¦"

1999-05-10-1                     The Vancouver Sun                     by Alex Strachan

[Ruperts Land, Discovery shows win early Leos]

"¦ In television awards, Andrew Gardner won best writing in an informational series for a segment of Champions of the Wild featuring conservationist Toney Mars and his efforts to draw attention to the plight of Indias Bengal tiger. Champions cinematographer Rudolf Kovanic was also cited for a segment about elephants¦"

1999-05-20-4                     The Vancouver Sun                     by Toney Mars


Indian Tiger Expedition '99

(Published in the Insight section of the Vancouver Sun in May 1999.)

The tigress was sleeping on her side in the undergrowth, visible only as patches of brown and white camouflaged with shadowy black stripes amidst the dense foliage. Behind her, within tail-flicking distance, was the half-eaten carcass of a wild boar. She was not going anywhere, short of angrily bolting in fear of being stepped on by our elephant which was, in my opinion, getting a little too close. When the elephant snapped a branch off the tree shading the tigress, she finally had enough, rolled onto all fours, glared up at me and emitted a spine-tingling road. I snapped the last of a string of photos and instructed the mahout to beat a prudent retreat.

It was near the end of January, during the second of ten weeks in my third tiger conservation expedition to India's Kanha and Bandhavgarh tiger reserves as WCWC's tiger campaign, under funding by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

The tiger is one of the most beautiful animals ever evolved on Earth and, yet, its extinction is not only probable, but a tragic reality unfolding before our eyes. Of the original 150,000 tigers worldwide, only 4,000 to 5,000 still roam the wild. Of an original 8 sub-species of tigers, only 5 sub-species remain. Wild tiger populations are decreasing by about 2 tigers per day. At this rate, our planet will be devoid of wild tigers within a decade, along with most of their natural forest habitat and the hundreds of thousands of species that currently co-exist within the tiger's ecosystem.

The aim of our Tigers-Forever program is to ensure the survival of the Indian tiger in its natural habitat. But, at a death rate of 300 to 400 tigers a year, the Indian tiger is no more secure than the last carriage of a crashing train.

As with most endangered and threatened species, India's tigers face the dual threat of direct killing and habitat loss. Direct killing includes poisoning by local people angered by their loss of cattle as tiger prey, and commercial poaching of tigers to supply tiger bone and parts to the Chinese, Japanese and Korean traditional medicine markets. WCWC has a three-year-long campaign, which has helped clean up the shelves of Chinatown stores, to convince Canadians not to consume illegally imported tiger medicines.

Tiger habitat in India is rare and vulnerable. Even the protected Tiger Reserves are being deforested by mining, logging and by local villagers in desperate search of fuelwood. In addition, cattle and goats (India has over 300 million free-ranging cattle) cause incredible damage by over-grazing the tiger's forests.

For each of these problems there are long and short term solutions. The lasting long-term solution is to re-kindle national pride in the tiger as a symbol of India and motivate the villagers who live around Tiger Reserves to become tiger conservationists. Shorter-term solutions include introducing alternatives, like solar cookers, to reduce dependence on fuelwood, tightening regulations on poaching, and finding ways for local villagers to tangibly benefit from the tiger's protection.

It's impossible to make headway on any of these solutions without the experience and leadership of local Indian people. During my latest six-week trip, accompanied by several enthusiastic but sensitive Canadian volunteers, I worked closely with staff at Tiger Trust India and embarked on conservation work that seemed a far cry from the usual Canadian environmental campaign.

To combat the dependence on fuelwood, we introduced villagers to several models of solar cookers, designed in Canada but adapted so they could be constructed out of locally available materials. We never ceased to be heart-warmed by the local peoples' beaming amazement when we opened the solar oven to reveal the fluffy sun-cooked rice, which we would then happily share. To combat the cattle overpopulation and overgrazing problem, we bought a special Haryanna bull that local people had been hankering for--one whose offspring are high-yield milk producers. The villagers plan to pen-feed their higher quality cows, and collect the cattle dung for biogas (methane) generation--another avenue to reduce fuelwood consumption.

We also spent a lot of time talking with people, including 120 out of a total of 178 village leaders in the "buffer zone" region surrounding Kanha National Park and Tiger Reserve. We discovered that the general sentiment of the villagers is that the tiger reserves are little more than rich peoples' playgrounds which generate no financial benefit for them.

Currently, India's Tiger Reserves charge tourists only $2.50 US per day for a park visit. In contrast, Kruger National Park in South Africa, world-renown for its wildlife, charges $25.00 US per visit and Uganda charges $180.00 US for one hour of Mountain Gorilla viewing. Neighbouring Nepal's Chitwan National Park grosses $800,000 US per year in fees, half of which go to the park to combat wildlife poaching and improve services, and half to the local villagers who then help protect the park because it provides them with revenues. The village officials and villagers we met with in the Kanha area wholeheartedly embraced the idea of reforming park fees. We are convinced that eco-tourists from places like Canada would happily pay a little higher Tiger Reserve gate fee to help ensure that India's tigers survive in the wild.

This trip to India opened my eyes to the need to find conservation solutions that not just work for local people, but have local people at the helm. Our Indian colleagues, our multinational (Canadian, American, British) volunteers and I worked hard (although trekking to an isolated Indian village and watching the rice cook in a solar oven is a lot of fun). We also, thankfully, saw a lot of tigers, and hope to for years to come.

by Toney Mars

Note: The Bali tiger (extinct as of the 1940s), the Caspian tiger (extinct in the 1970s) and the Javan tiger (extinct in the 1980s). The other sub-species, in descending order of population are: the Indian Royal Bengal tiger (about 2,500 left in the wild), the Indo-Chinese tiger (1,000 left), the Siberian tiger (300 left), the Sumatran tiger (300 left and the south China tiger (20 left).

1999-6                         TigerLink, India, global

[Love the Tiger Walk, Delhi]

"¦The participants chanted slogans and sang a tiger conservation song lead by Mr. Toney Mars, Tiger Campaign Director, WCWC¦

"At Bikaner House the gathering was addressed by Mr. P.K. Sen, Director of Project Tiger, Mr. S.C. Sharma, Addl. Inspector General Forests (Wildlife), Angarika Guha, Class III student from Sri Ram Public School, Mr. Toney Mars and Mr. Pradeep Sankhala, Chairman of Tiger Trust¦"

1999-06-02-3             The Daily New, Nanaimo, BC            by Valerie Wilson

[Students learn plight of the tiger]

"¦ Toney Mars¦ warns tigers are disappearing at al alarming rate. He is in Nanaimo this week to ask area school children to save the tiger from extinction.

"˜Your voice is important and you must speak out, Marr told students of Uplands Park Elementary Tuesday. ˜You are very powerful if you want to make some changes in the world.

"Marr has been back in BC for about a month, after a 10 week working stint at tiger reserves in India. He brought home with him a breath-taking slideshow of the countrys landscape, tree and plant life, birds and animal life, and of course, photographs of the tiger he viewed at Indias Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Ranthambhore tiger reserves.

"˜A question I am asked often by adults is there are no tigers in Canada, so why should we be bothered., Marr told student.

"˜Very simply. The tiger is one of most beautiful animals in the world. If it becomes extinct, our world would be much less beautiful place. We all lose..."

1999-06-07-1                 Nanaimo News Bulletin                     by Erin Fletcher

[A tale of 4,000 tigers]

"Children hold the key to the survival of the endangered tiger, says tiger conservationist Toney Mars¦

"To spread the word about the plight of tigers, Marr was visiting Nanaimo schools last week with a slideshow presentation, video, and a discussion in the hopes to stimulate an interest in tiger preservation among local youth.

"Marr has been involved with tiger conservation since 1994. His passion takes him into the depths of India where he works to educate and promote the preservation of tigers¦"

1999-06-10-4                     Nanaimo News Bulletin                by John Kimatas

[Chamber picks citys top citizens]

"¦ Having won a scholarship this year, (Madeline) Hargrave says shell probably study at Malaspina University-College for a year. But after hearing Toney Mars speak at a Global Watch function about the plight of tigers in India, shes considering traveling to India to help him save the tiger.

"Otherwise, she is unencumbered by limitations. ˜I want to do everything, she says."

1999-08-02-1         Associated Press, New York City         by Katherine Roth

[Despite tougher laws, tiger bone still widely available in Chinatown]

"¦ As of Monday, the products were still prominently displayed on the shelves of some pharmacies and grocery stores (in New York City's Chinatown)¦

"˜Its very popular and is good for people with bad backs, a smiling clerk at Kam Man Food Products on Canal Street told shoppers on Monday. ˜I dont take it, because I dont have a bad back, but a lot of people do, said the man, who declined to give his name or comment further¦

"Toney Mars¦ said that of the 37 traditional Chinese pharmacies visited in Chinatown recently, nine were openly selling products listing tiger bone as an ingredient. He is calling for stiffer penalties for sellers and importers who break the law¦

"But the US Fish and Wildlife Service¦ says it doesnt have enough resources to stop the brisk trade¦

"˜We have 93 inspectors and 230 special agents for the entire country. Theyre stretched pretty thin, said Patricia Fischer, a spokeswoman for the agency. ˜The sheer volume of wildlife products coming into this country present a monumental task¦

More than 50,000 over-the-counter tradition Chinese medicines containing, or purporting to contain, tiger bone and parts from other critically endangered species are sold in the United States each year to people of all ages and ethnic groups¦"

1999-08-03-2                 Daily News, New York City             by Laura Seigel

[Tiger bone Rx selling in the city despite ban]

"At a cramped grocery in Chinatown yesterday, a casually dressed man plunked down $3.95 and was handed an alleged arthritis cure - tiger bone bills.

"Toney Mars, the Chinese-Canadian tiger campaign director of WCWC in Vancouver, said the purchase proved a grim fact that he had traveled to New York to demonstrate:

"The law against selling medicine made from the bones of tigers, an endangered species, is not being enforced.

"˜Im here in New York to persuade the government to enforce the law, said Marr. ˜Tigers will be extinct within 10 years unless things change.

"A spokeswoman for the federal Fish and Wildlife Service, which is responsible for monitoring the sale of tiger bone medicine, conceded the agency could do a better job. ˜But we dont have the staff, Patricia Fisher said. ˜We only have 230 special agents for the entire country.

"She said the agency has tried to control the sale of tiger bone by teaching Asian communities about endangered species, rather than by enforcing the law without explaining it. ˜This is a tradition in Oriental medicine that goes back centuries, Fisher said¦"

1999-08-03-2             World Journal (Chinese), global

[The ˜Long March of a Chinese-Canadian conservationist]

"¦ Marr arrived in New York City last Friday. On Saturday, he conducted a reconnaissance of Manhattans Chinatown district with some local help. In one sizzling afternoon he investigated 37 medicinal stores, and found at least nine that still openly displayed tiger bone medicines for sale¦

"Yesterday, after a brief media conference in which Marr gave a slideshow on tiger conservation, he led the media present to three of the nine stores to perform demonstration live-purchases¦

"Shop keepers interviewed seemed aware of the illicit nature of the product, but said since most tigers in China have been killed off, the tiger bone medicines they sell probably contain no real tiger ingredient¦

"The new Rhino and Tiger Product Labeling Act of 1998, however, ban any product claiming to contain tiger or rhino parts, whether or not they actually do¦"

1998-08-12-4             Reuters News Agency             by Manuela Badawy

[Import of tiger bones a problem in U.S.]

"¦At todays rate of poaching tigers will be extinct in a decade. Tigers dont have the time to wait for the Chinese community to change its habit, said Marr, who is of Chinese descent and has taken heat from other Asian for his campaign.

"On a recent day, he led journalists to New Yorks Chinatown, which has one of the largest concentrations of people with Chinese background in the United State, to buy supposedly banned tiger elixirs.

"At the Golden Spring pharmacy on the Bowery in Lower Manhattan, Marr walked right in and bought a vial of Tiem Ma tiger bone pills for $3.95. Tiem Ma pills, made by Guiyang Chinese medicine factory in China, listed 6.8 percent ground tiger bone as one of its ingredients and claimed to treat rheumatic neuralgia, lassitude of tendon and back pain.

"When journalists and photographers went into the store after Marr purchased the pills, clerks became visibly anxious, removing the pills from the counter and shoved them into a box. They refused to answer journalists questions¦"

1999-08-21-6             The Toronto Star             by Manuela Badawy, Reuters

[A helluva town for tigers]

"¦ Under the 1998 Rhino and Tiger Products Labeling Act ¦people caught with these products face a fine of $5,000. Business owners pay $10,000 and/or get six months in jail.

"In comparison, fines for seal penises are $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 and/or one year in jail for business owners.

"Marr says the fines for tiger violations should at least equal that for seal violations, if only because the tiger is critically endangered¦"

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