If it has no impact on the conservation of wild tigers, why is tiger farming at private farms allowed?
CITES Vietnam's controversial act permitting tiger "conservation" farming.
Four months ago, ENV protested at the granting of a permit by the People’s Committee of Nghe An province to allow Bach Ngoc Lam Co. Ltd to keep 15 tigers for ‘conservation purposes’. The husband of the owner is Pham Van Tuan—a notorious criminal who has two previous convictions related to the killing and illegal trading of tigers along with other species of endangered wild animals.
While debate on tiger farming continues, CITES Vietnam has recently added the more fuel to this controversy by permitting Bach Ngoc Lam to import nine more tigers, four from the Czech Republic and five from Belgium, which lifts the total number of tigers to 24.
“We’re absolutely surprised with CITES’s decision, which is against the drastic objections of many conservation experts during the recent months.” said Ms. Nguyen Thi Phuong Dung, Vice President of ENV. “The decision hasn’t seriously considered all the possible implications to tiger conservation in Vietnam and in the world”.
"We believe that CITES Vietnam is very much aware of the illegal tiger trade under the cover of conservation" Dung continues. The fact that we have yet to establish a national database to manage and identify every captive tiger is evidence of the incapability of “conservation farming”.
Other than that, farmers cannot distinguish the subspecies of tigers, so keeping different species and subspecies certainly leads to inbreeding and crossbreeding.