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SOURCE The National Tigers for Tigers Coalition (NT4TC)
CLEMSON, S.C., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Tigers for Tigers Coalition (NT4TC), a conglomerate of student groups from colleges that have adopted the tiger as a symbolic mascot, has partnered with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to generate mass awareness for tiger conservation through education programs and by supporting the federal Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (S.1381/H.R. 1998).
"Educating the public is a primary goal of NT4TC," said Sean Carnell, National Coordinator for National Tigers for Tigers Coalition. "Our premier activities with IFAW allow us to reach both younger and older audiences."
Clemson University Tigers for Tigers children's outreach program (Cubs for Cubs) incorporates free teaching resources from IFAW's Animal Action Education (AAE) program to teach elementary school students about the plight of tigers and the big cat crisis.
Clemson T4T Cubs for Cubs' Chair Diane Dotson states, "Many of these children have no idea about the tiger's current endangered state, and the teachers seem surprised to hear such a low number of tigers exist in the wild. It is a great opportunity for college students to interact with young people, develop public speaking skills and gain real world experience."
College students of NT4TC have joined IFAW on visits to Capitol Hill to visit congressional members to garner support for the big cats bill. T4T clubs across the country initiated a letter-writing campaign to show their support for the bill which is aimed at banning private possession and breeding of tigers, lions and other captive big cats in the United States. Thus far, 350 letters have been sent to Congress.
"Federal reform is critical toward not only protecting the public and countless big cats abused for profit and personal possession throughout the United States, but also toward addressing the many fiscal and emotional burdens the big cat trade places on our nation's first responders and sanctuaries said Tracy Coppola, IFAW Campaigns Officer. "IFAW is thankful for the partnership with the NT4TC, and looks forward to continuing activities in support of the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act."
Carnell added, "Due to our shared passion for conservation, animal welfare and drive to support political action, the partnership between NT4TC and IFAW is a great match. We hope to grow our partnership to educate the public and save our beloved mascot from extinction today."
About the National Tigers for Tigers Coalition
The National Tigers for Tigers Coalition is devoted to improving the status of tigers, both captive and wild. Through the collaboration of students attending tiger mascot schools we aim to mobilize the public through education, improve and/or create relevant policies and take direct action to ensure the survival of the tiger. Currently the National Tigers for Tigers Coalition consists of 11 universities across the country.
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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