Thai farms investigated for alleged links to black market

Thailand’s tiger facilities have come in for international scrutiny amid suggestions many farms are taking part in the illicit trading of the animals. The committee on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) now plans to appoint a non-governmental organisation to collect data on the population and conditions of captive-bred tigers in tiger farms across Thailand, according to ThaiPBS news report, which quoted a source from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DPA). The report says that the international agency is questioning how many tiger facilities manage to run their business profitably without even opening the premises to the public and collecting admission fees. Many have even kept almost a hundred tigers, ThaiPBS reported. “CITES suspects the unexplainable incomes [of the tiger facilities] and wonders how such places have kept the tigers [from entering the black market],” the source said. The source said the farms exploited a grey area in the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act B.E. 2546, which pardons those who register tigers as long as they acquire the animals legally. As a result, the population of tigers in captivity has risen. An amnesty in 2003 further allowed tiger owners to register them even if they acquired the animals illegally, the source said. According to Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, Thailand issued a pardon in 1992 and 2003 on the ownership of protected wildlife and in 2013 alone, as many as 185 tigers were registered. However, according to the source, the DPA is trying to prevent the sale of captive-bred tigers by creating a database of those both in the wild and captivity. In doing so, the DPA is collecting blood samples and DNA, as well as taking photos of the stripes of all tigers raised in captivity. The agency... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Thai farms investigated for alleged links to black market, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Thai farms investigated for alleged links to black market





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Published By: Samui Times - Friday, 28 September, 2018



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