Shocking article, just shows you, you must actually love animals and mustn’t be money driven as these pathetic people!
Inside Tiger Farming: A Long Chain of Profiteers
Swiss-born journalist and wildlife activist Karl Ammann has been investigating the illegal trade in wildlife products in Africa and Southeast Asia for 30 years. In this blog post, he discusses what he documented with hidden cameras while investigating the booming Asian trade in tiger parts. Ammann’s findings were aired on Spiegel Television in Germany and Carte Blanche in South Africa. His work is not edited by National Geographic and his opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of the National Geographic Society. Readers are invited to share their thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
During a recent documentary film shoot with a team from Spiegel TV in Germany we investigated aspects of tiger farming in Thailand and Laos before I travelled on to China and Myanmar. There I looked into not only aspects of tiger bone consumption and the trade in tiger derivatives but also the commerce involving live animals. I presented some of the findings to members of the diplomatic community in Vientiane, Laos PDR who had expressed interest in our inquiries, especially in the context of the U.S. State Department announcement of a reward concerning Vixay Keosavang and his continued involvement in the wildlife and lion/tiger bone trade which we documented during an earlier visit.
Information we received from a key tiger farm owner that they were now shipping live tigers on Laotian PDR Army helicopters (such as the one in the photo) to various locations was met with scepticism. So I checked out one of the locations mentioned: the new casino set up in the special economic zone on the Lao PDR side of the Golden Triangle. The animal keeper there showed me eight remaining tigers from the shipment mentioned by the tiger farm owners in the south. He informed me that except for one female (kept in a small breeding cage with a male) they had received only males. As a result they have now ordered eight more females which was supposed to arrive on March 10, 2014, in the same way the first group arrived. Presumably by Laotian Army helicopter!
It should be relatively easy to check out this information, which in turn would help with establishing credibility concerning some of the other key points concerning tiger trafficking which I will outline below. All this would be a complete and flagrant breach of the CITES “Tiger and other Asian Big Cat” provisions and presumably also national laws owing to the various promises made by the Tiger Range Countries under initiatives such as the Global Tiber Recovery Program.
CITES Decision 14.69 from the 14th Conference of the Parties to CITES in 2007 states that: All tigers and other Asian big cat species are included in CITES Appendix I which bans their international trade for commercial purposes. In addition, the CITES Secretariat has gone on record stating that it considers ‘trade’ for the purposes of Decision 14.69 as including domestic trade. This is not least because domestic trade has been shown to undermine the international ban, stimulate poaching and significantly threaten the continued existence of tigers in the wild.
Posted by Karl Ammann on April 15, 2014
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