Anon. (2007, March 14). Vietnam Orders Measures on Private Tiger Breeding. Reuters [online]. Available http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/40839/story.htm [2009, March 13]
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Only about 150 tigers survive in the wild in Vietnam, where much of their natural habitat has been destroyed, so releasing them into the wild might not be an option, according to conservationists.
"We have made recommendations to the authorities on how to deal with the tigers, but the issue is fraught with problems," said Tim Knight, spokesman for the conservation group, Wildlife at Risk, in Ho Chi Minh City.
"From a conservation point of view, keeping them for breeding purposes would be the best thing."
The reports said the tigers were found in Binh Duong province in districts about 40 km (25 miles) north of Ho Chi Minh City. They are being kept privately by individuals and organisations.
The official Vietnam News Agency and newspapers said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had told the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to "work out measures" to deal with the tigers in the province.
They said the ministry "proposed to confiscate all illegally bred tigers ...