La Chine se retrouve isolée sur la question des fermes à tigres, lors de la réunion de la CITES. The Times of India, ce jour. Seema Sharma. "Barring China, other countries of CITES unanimous on curbing tiger farming for trade."
ACTUALISATION : Article additionnel du même auteur le 6 octobre.
Position de spécialistes de l'Uttarakhand (Etat himalayen d'Inde du Nord). Leur point de vue est tout à fait intéressant du fait des réalités auxquelles ils sont confrontés dans leur secteur géographique (comme nous le verrons dans deux jours, le 8 octobre).
Wildlife experts from Uttarakhand who attended the seventeenth conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species(CITES) which was held last month at Johannesburg, South Africa said that India, Nepal, USA and the European Union were among the nations that overruled a proposal from China to not end tiger farming. At the conference, experts added that China's was the sole voice that was not in favour of tiger farms being controlled. The other countries agreed to put the facilities which keep and breed tigers and other Asian cats for commercial purposes under greater scrutiny agreeing that such farms were contributing to the further dwindling of the big cat population.
Avinash Basker, senior member of the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) who was present at the convention told TOI that "the fact that there was no support for the Chinese proposal is a really encouraging sign." The thumbs down to the suggestion that tiger farms should continue shows that almost all parties are convinced that the breeding of tigers for their parts and derivatives is a serious conservation threat to wild tigers," he said.
According to estimates, there are less than 4,000 wild tigers remaining in Asia where bulk of the big cat population is concentrated. What is further worrying is that tigers have dwindled considerably in the range states where they were earlier found and have been reported nearly extinct in some places. Most experts concur that the conservation of wild tigers requires action to end all trade in tiger parts and derivatives, and reduce and eventually eliminate demand for these products.
Particularly heartening for delegates at the convention was the announcement by the delegation from Laos, which borders China, on their government's intention to work with technical experts to phase out tiger farms. "Laos is the first of the tiger-farming countries to declare their intention to finally implement the decision to stop tiger breeding for trade," said Basker. There was also support in principle for a proposal from India asking countries which make seizures of tiger skins to share photos of these with range states, to facilitate investigations into the origin of the skins.
Tito Joseph, program manager of WPSI, added that the decisions taken at the CITES conference will renew the efforts to improve legislation and enforcement to end the trade in tiger parts. However, he added that talk has to accompany action. "Laos is home to transnational organized criminal networks that are exploiting weak legislation and enforcement. A significant investment of political and financial commitment to root out corruption and complacency is essential to turn words in to action."