So the head monk of the Tiger Temple got his come uppance this week. I don't wish pain on anyone but perhaps, just perhaps it may make him realise that this awful place was and is an accident waiting to happen...and there have been several already. When I saw the news a few weeks back that the authorities were planning to close the place down I was skeptical. Well it didn't happen in the end and I can't say I am very surprised. The facility has had its wings clipped though and they have told them to stop breeding. There really is not anywhere for these animals to go. There are perhaps just six zoos, possibly seven in Thailand that are capable of humanely holding Tigers. The rest are a bunch of commercial exploiters and in many cases just as bad...or worse than the Tiger Temple. I really wish that there was now a thorough investigation of the Sri Racha Tiger Zoo. Something criminal is so very obviously going on here. Simple mathematics.
NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER LEAVES LIBERIA’S CHIMPS TO
Chimpanzees used by a U.S. Research Institute the New York Blood Center for
developing and testing of Hepatitis B and C vaccines that generated over US$500
million have been abandoned to die from starvation.
research carried out by the New York Blood Center using the Chimpanzees is
reported to have contributed to the receipt by NYBC of more than US$500 million
in royalties. But these animals are left to die from starvation in retirement”,
said Dr. Fatorma Borlay, head of the Liberia Bio-medical Research Institute.
Chimps were used in research for the development of the Hepatitis B vaccine and
also contributed to the validation of a sterilization method that eliminates
transmission of Hepatitis B and C and HIV viruses through blood products. The
Chimps are left with the underfunded Liberia Bio-medical Research Institute to
take care of, a burden the institution is finding it difficult to handle.
Borlay said the agreement between U.S Institution and the Government of Liberia
provided that NYBC will provide care for the chimps in “retirement.” “Care has
to be provided for these animals in retirement on the islands where they are
safe from human predators and local people and animals which have lost their
fear of people can be vicious”, he said.
Borlay added that NYBC initially began implementing the agreement, adding that
it has stopped its support to the chimps. “Because they were raised in
captivity, the chimpanzees have to be fed by handlers whom they have come to
know and trust and provided with other care at a cost of about $ 30,000 per
month,” Dr. Borlay added.
to an American NGO Release and Restitute for Ch
|Volume XXX, Number 5|
|ISSN 0971-6378 (Print edition); 0973-2543 (Online edition); RNI 16:5|
|Date of publication 21 May 2015|
Aquatic (Marine) Invertebrate Conservation and Information Network of South Asia
Marine Species Conservation in India with special reference to Zooplankton
-- R. Ramanibai, Pp. 2-8
Status of Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) in National Chambal Sanctuary after thirty years and its implications on conservation of Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus)
-- R.K. Sharma and L.A.K. Singh, Pp. 9-16
Husbandry and Care of Carnivores (Chapter 28, ZOOKEEPING)
-- Adrienne E. Crosier and Michael T. Maslanka, Pp. 17-25
Enrichment plan for Leopards
-- Madhurita Gupta and Yuvraj R Kaginkar, Pp. 26-28
Second Record of Melanistic Leopard Panthera pardus (Linnaeus) from Satara, Maharashtra: A Case of Road Kill
-- Amit Sayyed and Anil Mahabal, P. 29
Prevalence of parasitic infections among Pigeons (Columba livia) in Pollachi, Tamil Nadu
-- K. Arunachalam, K. Senthilvel and P. Anbarasi, Pp. 30-31
Announcement: Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change invites application for the post of Director, SACON, Coimbatore
World Wildlife Day at Kalimangalam Govt. Welfare School, Coimbatore
-- R. Marimuthu, P. 32
Zoo Lex: Taronga Conservation Society Australia - Wild Asia’s Elephants
www.zoolex.org in May 2015
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