Financial problems and complicated procedures have created a situation in which 11 tigers raised in captivity for 15 years remain unwanted in north-central Vietnam.
In 2007, Nguyen Mau Chien, a local in Thanh Hoa Province, bought 10 tiger cubs weighing around seven kilos each from an unidentified seller and brought them from Laos to Vietnam to raise near his home in Xuan Tin Commune of Tho Xuan District.
While his intent in making the purchase was not stated, demand for tiger parts for medicinal purposes has been high in Vietnam and China for a long time.
Chien was fined VND30 million ($1,300) for animal trafficking and tasked with raising the cubs.
In 2008, Chien bought another five tiger cubs from Laos and was fined the same amount. Once again, he was asked to raise the cubs with support from local authorities and the ranger force.
Le mahout Y Hoi Bya est assis au sommet de son éléphant et use de son long bâton pour le faire courir jusqu’à la ligne d’arrivée de la course du festival Buon Don sur les hauts plateaux du centre du Vietnam.
Les locaux voient la course comme une célébration de ces animaux vénérés – traditionnellement considérés comme des membres de la famille dans cette région du Vietnam – mais les défenseurs des animaux appellent à mettre fin au festival jugé cruel et d’un autre temps.
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PHOTOGRAPH BY DARIO PIGNATELLI, GETT
IN THE LIVING room of a house at the end of a narrow country road in central Vietnam, a little way off the main highway, the skeleton of a tiger was laid out on the floor—the only complete one they had for sale, the man told the pair of visitors.
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