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The perils of having 'Tiger farms'

The practice is big business in South-east Asia and China, where there may be more than 7,000 of them in tiger "farms" or facilities - like the Tiger Temple - many of which entertain tourists for a fee.

Some facilities are set up like petting zoos, with visitors allowed to handle and play with tiger cubs. Some offer circus-like shows.

But some can be fronts for trading of live or dead tigers - or their body parts. The main market for those is China. See link below for the report in Asia One

Thai temple banned from making money off tigers

Thailand's controversial "Tiger Temple" has been banned from charging tourists to visit dozens of big cats in their care, the parks department said Saturday, following a dispute between monks and officials over the welfare of the animals.

Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua in Thailand's western Kanchanaburi province has long proved a hit among visitors who flock there to visit the monks and be photographed next to their huge feline pets.

But the temple has long had a controversial reputation among animal rights groups and Thai wildlife officials who say it is breaking the law in keeping the cats.  See link below to read the report in The Daily Mail.

Captive tigress shortly to be released back into the wild

A captive bred tigress that was one of three five month old cubs (two females and and a male) that were rescued from Dharba forest is shortly to be releaesed back into the wild at Pench National Park. <span 15px;="" line-height:="" 20px;"="">Please follow the link below to read the story in The Times of India.

Scientists worried about India's tiger population.

At first, the numbers seem impressive: India's tiger population has gone up 30 percent in just four years. The government lauded the news as astonishing evidence of victory in conservation. But independent scientists say such an increase — to 2,226 big cats — in so short a time doesn't make sense.  "The circus is not necessary," said tiger expert K. Ullas Karanth, science director for the Wildlife Conservation Society in Asia. "All of this tom-tom'ing and arm-waving, claiming we've had stupendous success, is ridiculous and unscientific." please follow the link below to read the repot in CTV News.

Wildlife Conservation Trust conducting security training to help save the tiger

In an effort to curb the of tigers, the Wildlife Conservation Trust, in association with Panthera, a global body that works for the conservation of the endangered cats, recently conducted a "site security training" for officials of the (STPF), a commando unit set up by the government in two tiger reserves, Pench in Madhya Pradesh and Tadoba-Andhari in Maharashtra. The workshop at the reserves, attended by 24 officers, comes at a time when the 2015 Union Budget has slashed the outlay for tiger conservation by 15 per cent. The decrease in funding will effect training of security forces. "Very recently, an STPF guard suffered serious bullet wounds while trying to nab poachers in the Pench reserve," points out WCT President Anish Andheria. "Better trained personnel will be able to minimise injuries to themselves during hostile situations." See link below to read the story in the Business Standard.

Good news for the captive tigers held cruelly in Thailand

Following a series of dramatic events, Thailand’s Department of National Parks (DNP) director- general, Nipon Chotiban, has ordered all tigers to be removed from the Tiger Temple by the end of April. This is great news for wildlife conservationists and animal rights activists who have been fighting for over 15 years to close the facility down after numerous reports of abuse and illegal wildlife trading. The confiscation of the tigers from the Tiger Temple is indeed great news . It should serve as a milestone for everyone, especially the press, to take responsibility and educate themselves before they glamorize the exploitation of wild animals. Ignorance like this is inexcusable and as cruel to animals as are those who profit from wild animals. Please follow the link below to read the report in One Green Planet.

Demand for tiger meat and bear paws rise by wealthy Chinese

Menus in restaurants at a resort complex in northwest Laos offer Chinese visitors "sauté tiger meat," bear paws and pangolins, a London-based group said in March.  Customers "can openly buy endangered species products" in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone in Laos' Bokeo Province, on the border with Myanmar and Thailand, an area that has become a "lawless playground" for the trade in illegal wildlife, according to a report by Britain's Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).Undercover investigators with the EIA and Education for Nature Vietnam visited a tiger and bear farm inside the zone housing a total of 38 Asiatic bears and 35 tigers. Please follow the link below to read the story in Focus Taiwan.

17 Tiger deaths recorded this year in 6 Indian States

At least two tigers fell prey to poachers as 17 of the big cats died in six states this year, the government on Monday said.  Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told Rajya Sabha that out of the total 17 tiger deaths, two cases are of poaching while 14 are under scrutiny and one is from other causes. Eight tigers have died in Karnataka, three in Tamil Nadu and two each in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. One tiger each has died in Kerala and Uttarakhand.  Please follow the link below to read the report in the Indian Express.

Territorial fight at Ranthambhore sadly claims the life of a tiger cub

In yet another territorial fight at Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur, a 12-month-old male cub was found mauled to death. The carcass of the cub of tigress T-8 was found in Kundal region (Zone 6) of the park.  Follow the link below to read the story in The Times of India.

Call to set up Tiger Task Force save the endangered big cat

The Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (Mycat) has called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to take the lead in saving the endangered Malayan tiger.

It was revealed in 2014 that there may only be 250 to 340 wild Malayan tigers left, down from the previous estimate of 500.  Mycat warned that Malaysia would lose the Malayan tigers in most of its forests in the next decade if the country as a whole did not up its game very quickly. Please follow the link below to read the story in The Rakyat Post.