Tiger Temple 2013 - Interview with Tiger Temple Vet
Tiger Temple Vet, Interview with Dr Somchai and Director of Cee4life, Sybelle Foxcroft. – I have to say straight out that this was highly emotional for me (Sybelle). I apologise for this. This is the man that I saw sedate Tigers that “disappeared” and never to be seen again. This is the man that made me fear for my life in 2007, I saw what any westerner was not supposed to see, and this is the man that rules the Temple and makes the decisions on the Tigers….. I had no idea how he would react to me. I was scared but I still knew that I had to have strength. I apologise for my tears, I was torn between fury at what I have seen and gratefulness that at least there was some positives for the tigers.
Background – Richie had a abused me in front of all the tourists and Government officals in the Tiger Temples, Tiger Canyon at peak visitor hour. He challenged me to go and talk to the Vet Dr Somchai, and he told me that I would never be allowed to help with the Tigers of the Temple. So I asked if I could help the Tigers, he said yes as long as I come with love, compassion etc…. I dont think there is any doubt about my motivations…. however, is Dr Somchia real, is he honest, is he truely wanting help from “hard core”
conservationists, or is this just a sales man pitch. This is why my decision to help them is hard. You tell me.
Tiger Protection Society
Poachers have increased their numbers in India.
operating in various Tiger Reserves.
NO FOREST IS SAFE IN INDIA.
If we dont do anything now then it’ll be too late..
Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013 – By L. Arias
The Liberia Association of Animal Protection posted the photos on their Facebook page. Courtesy of ALPA
Photographs of two men posing with a dead jaguar circulated widely on social networks in Costa Rica on Friday.
Now, animal rights groups are speaking out against the kill. The Liberia Association of Animal Protection (ALPA), in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, posted the photos, which appear to have been taken near the Santa Rosa National Park.
ALPA said they had information that the two hunters are residents of a farm located next to the park. The group said it had received complaints that the same men killed other jaguars in the area recently because the wildcats attacked their cattle, according to a Facebook post.
Jaguars are considered endangered species in Costa Rica.
“To prove this felony will be almost impossible due to our country’s weak laws, but the pictures are proof of how people continue killing our animals. We would really appreciate if all of you share this message and help spread the news,” the post added.
Last January, President Laura Chinchilla signed a new law that prohibits hunting for sport in Costa Rica. The law sets fines for sport hunters of up to ₡1.5 million ($3,000) and allows hunting only for personal consumption in limited circumstances, scientific research or wildlife population control.
Most people do not realize that we are in the midst of a mass extinction that is affecting every living thing on this planet. We are losing up to a dozen species of plant and animal every day. This rate is far faster than when the dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago. A stunningly beautiful animal like a tiger captures people’s attention so they become more willing to learn about critical conservation issues. Tigers are an important living example of the environmental problems facing the world, which makes them the perfect wildlife ambassadors. Wild tigers are currently on the brink of extinction. Due to rampant habitat destruction and poaching we may be losing a tiger a day.
Police on Tuesday arrested four persons for smuggling leopard skin and body parts of the animal from Gaidakot VDC of Nawalparasi district. The Area Police Office (APO) of Gaidakot arrested Kum Bahadur Suparpark, Man Bahadur Aale and Tek Bahadur Sunari Magar of Pahadi VDC in the district and Gopal Tamang of Bharatpur Municipality from Thusmi of Gaidakot. The police also seized an illegal firearm from them, reported the APO.
According to preliminary investigation, Kum Bahadur is the leader of the criminal gang while the other three arrested were hired by the former as carriers, said inspector Narayan Adhikari. “Kum Bahadur killed the leopard to extract its skin and other body parts.”
Adhikari also said that Kum Bahadur was arrested while trying to sell the leopard skin and body parts for Rs 110, 000 to local businessman. In his statement to the police, Kum Bahadur has said that he killed the leopard after it started killing his goats. He has denied killing the leopard to smuggle its parts.
Later, the police had recovered an illegal firearm hidden in a goat shed owned by Kum Bahadur. “A visitor had arrived in my village and said he would pay me Rs 10,000 if I sold the leopard skin and its body parts to him,” Kum Bahadur told Republica.
The APO on Wednesday handed over the arrested to the District Forest Office, Chitwan.If found guilty, Kum Bahadur would be slapped a fine of Rs 40,000- Rs 70,000 and one to 10 years in jail or both.
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