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Thailand: Officials battle Buddhist monks over tigers’ fate
... Part Buddhist monastery and part petting zoo, the Tiger Temple in western Thailand has long been the bane of conservationists and animal rights activists who accuse it of abuse and exploitation even as it offers tourists an Edenesque wildlife fantasy.
Now, after complaints of trafficking in endangered species, the government is trying to shut down the attraction. But there are two major obstacles: the temple, which has gone to court to block the closing, and the tigers. What do you do with nearly 150 carnivorous cats raised in captivity?
The government began removing the tigers this year but was ordered to stop after the lawsuit was filed in February. Until the case is resolved, the fate of the tigers is mired in a legal standoff that pits wildlife officials, conservationists and Thailand’s military government against a wealthy tourist enterprise backed by influential Buddhist monks.
Read in full at www.nytimes.com/2016/05/02/world/asia/thailand-tiger-temple.html
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Elephants are worth more alive than dead. Burn the ivory. Kill the trade. #JoinTheHerd
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Many hunting trophies banned from import into the Netherlands
The Dutch government is further restricting hunters from importing their trophies to the Netherlands. The list of banned trophies was extended to also include the species white rhino, elephant, hippo, cheetah, polar bear and lion, according to broadcaster NOS.
The list now includes 200 species. Hunting trophies of these species are no longer allowed to be imported into the Netherlands.
State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs eventually wants an European wide import ban on hunting trophies of these species. He finds the hunting of protected animals for the use of trophies disgusting, he said to the broadcaster.
Between 2012 and 2015 the Netherlands received 27 requests to bring a trophy into the country. The ministry rejected 17 of these applications. Trophies included lions, bears, elephants, panthers, monkeys, wolves, deer and lynxes.
#hunting #trophies #Netherlands #lions #bears #elephants #EU
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