Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

Phuket Opinion: No reservations

Phuket Opinion: No reservations

PHUKET: The opinion of Tippawan Prathummanee, CEO of the Tiger Park to open in Phuket later this month, that such parks where tigers are well cared for are better than the current alternatives in Thailand might be hard to fault.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 19 January 2020, 09:00AM

A tourist poses with a tiger at Tiger Park Pattaya, who are setting up the branch Tiger Park Phuket. Photo: Tiger Park Pattaya

A tourist poses with a tiger at Tiger Park Pattaya, who are setting up the branch Tiger Park Phuket. Photo: Tiger Park Pattaya

Her point that such treasured animals are not well protected, if at all, in Thailand’s national parks and forests was well made with the mention of the black panther slain by construction magnate Premchai Karnasuta and his cohorts last year.

The case shamed the nation, and hopefully the sentencing of 64-year-old Premchai, who at the time was the CEO of Italian-Thai Development Co Ltd, has helped provide a genuine deterrent to any further hunters or poachers.

Yet how many other great wild animals have been hunted or poached in Thailand’s protected reserves and never made news because no one ever reported it, or no one other than the criminals even knew that it happened?

The seizing of 137 tigers “rescued” from the famous “Tiger Temple” (Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno) in Kanchanaburi last year also didn’t help.

Officers from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) raided the temple on suspicion of wildlife trafficking and the trading of wild animal parts. They weren’t wrong. At the temple, officers found at least 40 dead tiger cubs, a dead bear and various animal horns. The bodies of the cubs and bear were found stored in the freezer where the temple kept food for the tigers. Worse, 86 of the 137 tigers “rescued” later died of illness in government care.

Phuket has also found its way into the spotlight with repeated cases of elephant abuse and National Geographic only last year exposed Phuket Zoo for having a tiger chained on a pedestal with only enough room to continually walk around in circles.

Kvik Phuket

The plain truth is that without genuine wildlife reservations where tigers can hunt and roam free, ignoring the current state of wildlife protection in Thailand only leaves the last of our tigers at the mercy of the heartless.

Until such reservations are properly set up and protected, such parks where tigers are genuinely cared seems a better option than our big cats being poached for sport trophies or harvested for their parts to be sold on the black market.

But such parks should be allowed on one condition only: that the tigers are genuinely cared for.

And for those who don’t agree with any form of confinement for protected wildlife, National Geographic’s advice is sound: use social media to report unethical operators and promote good ones, and vote with your money – if you don't agree with the way any operator treats animals, then don't spend any money with them.


Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.


Galong | 19 January 2020 - 21:55:01

This is a s**t article.  I guess you're getting an ad from them sometime soon.


Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
UK exempts Thais from quarantine

@Nasa12 Actually it would be a "direct flight". Learn the difference between a "dir...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Driving prices

Go almost anywhere in Phuket and notice the fancy (annoyingly loud) stereo systems in the tuk tuks. ...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Driving prices

Everyone knows why...... A very strong “taxi union”!!...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Driving prices

The taxi pricing should be set the same as Bangkok. Why allow these guys to operate without meters a...(Read More)

Phuket’s wild weather fells trees, cuts of power across island

Maybe it would be a good idea to have a crew of workers on patrol to cut the trees that are near the...(Read More)

UK exempts Thais from quarantine

@DKK, Then it’s not a direct flight. So then 14-day quarantine. ...(Read More)

Thai returnee from Saudi Arabia dies of Covid-19

How many of the 59 have been returnees in quarantine conditions? It doesn't seem fair to include...(Read More)

Still Hungry: Thousands in Phuket remain in need of food donations as government efforts stall

While the Thai government focus on tourism, it stalls help to it citizens. Many well fed- and paid O...(Read More)

Still Hungry: Thousands in Phuket remain in need of food donations as government efforts stall

Thanks Kurt,I will try ,off course I pay for it , no problem Horst...(Read More)

Phuket beaches closed as foreigner rescued from storm surf

Don't risk your own life for somebody to want's to commit suicide ! Horst...(Read More)