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Last Updated: Thursday November 01 2007 11:30 GMT

Concerns for big cats' survival

Indian tiger

There are BIG concerns about one of the planet's most threatened creatures.

It's feared that there could now be as few as 1,300 Indian tigers left and campaigners are calling on the country's government to help them.

Poaching and the cutting down of the forests where the creatures live have been blamed for the plummeting numbers.

Campaigners say the illegal trade in tiger skins is a big problem. They say they have seen skins for sale in China and Nepal and they want this to stop.

On Thursday, the Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, will be told that drastic action has to be taken against the things threatening the big cat's chances of survival.

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