Thailand re-examines tiger sale

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2007:

BANGKOK–The Thai National Counter Corruption Commission is
reportedly re-investigating the long controversial export in 2002 of
100 tigers from the Sri Racha Tiger Zoo in Chon Buri to a privately
owned zoo or tiger farm, depending on definitions, in Hainan,
“Ex-forest department chief Plodprasop Suraswadi allegedly
delivered those tigers to China without approval from the National
Wildlife Protection Committee,” wrote Apinya Wipatayotin of the
Bangkok Post. “The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
once set up a probe panel to look into the case. The committee later
concluded Plodprasop did not commit any offence,” but observers were
less convinced.

Plodprasop had previously been fisheries minister, but lost
the job amid allegations of corruption. He eventually lost the
forest ministry under similar circumstances. He now heads the Chiang
Mai Night Safari zoo.
Damrong Phidet, director general of the National Park, Wildlife and
Plant Conservation Department, on November 6, 2006 halted an
exchange of elephants from the Night Safari Zoo for white tigers from
the Chime-Long Night Zoo in Guangzhou, China, because the origins
of the elephants was insufficiently documented.

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