Sunday, February 7, 2010

Keeping Tigers as Pets

The Department of Forestry has planned to sell Endangered Sumatra Tigers to rich people at the price of Rp 1 Billion a couple. And endangered animals lovers have stated their protests.

Apparently, there are people who have actually kept Tigers as pets at their own homes for many years. Please find below a related report in The Jakarta Globe.

Bengal tigers cool off in water at the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand. (EPA Photo)

Man With Five Tigers in His Home Claims They Came From Taman Safari

Five endangered tigers, including three cubs, have been discovered in the apparently illegal possession of a man with a long-standing penchant for keeping tigers in the great concrete wilds of Tangerang.

A possible link between the man, Kusbanu Hadisumarto, the father of minor celebrity actress Unique Priscilla, and the Taman Safari Indonesia wildlife park has prompted calls for an investigation of the park by the Ministry of Forestry.

Awriya Ibrahim, director of forest protection at the ministry, said Friday that following a tipoff, two adult tigers and three cubs were found Thursday.

He said the ministry would conduct DNA tests to determine if the animals were endangered Bengali tigers, as claimed by Kusbanu, or critically endangered Sumatran tigers.

Regardless, Awriya said, it was still illegal to posses either species without proper documentation.

“If they are Sumatran tigers then we can use the 1990 Law on Conservation [to prosecute] but if they are Bengalis then we need to use international law,” he said.

Under the 1990 Law on Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation, those found to be transferring protected animals within Indonesia or abroad face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of Rp 100 million ($8,500).

Kusbanu told local media that the tigers were from Taman Safari, though the respected conservation park denied the claims. It did acknowledge previously lending Kusbanu a Bengali tiger for breeding purposes.

Irma Hermawati, coordinator of the Wildlife Advocacy Institution, said the ministry should impose strict sanctions on Taman Safari should Kusbanu be found guilty of transferring any animal without permission.

“Even if they are Bengalis, they are still listed as an endangered species based on CITES [the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species] so anyone who would want them would need permits from CITES and the host country,” Irma said.

Taman Safari director Tony Sumampau told the Jakarta Globe that in October 1996, Kusbanu asked the park to check on the health of his animals and they discovered that he had a Sumatran tiger and a number of Bengali tigers, “which are not protected.”

Tony said the Taman personnel asked Kusbanu to hand over the Sumatran tiger to the park for conservation and protection.

“Kus finally agreed in exchange for a Bengal tiger from Taman Safari as a mating partner for the ones he had,” Tony said, adding that Taman Safari agreed to temporarily move a Bengali tiger to Kusbanu’s private residence in September 1997.

The permit was extended for another six months in 1998 and the last tiger was returned in 2006, he said.

“We did this only for the sake of saving the Sumatran tiger,” he said, adding that Kusbanu’s aides took the animal to the park and the process was documented.

The ministry’s plans to confiscate the animals on Friday, however, had to be delayed. They will “stay the night” at Kusbanu’s home because the government lacks the facilities to both house and feed the five tigers.


kakironda said...

This is what will happen when a cat is not thrilling enough for a person to play around or scratch each other in the house:)

H. Nizam said...


The sad thing is that the authority has granted such person to keep the tigers as pets.

watsonrodrig said...

Down a quiet gravel road lined by homes, six tigers and two leopards live amid the roosters and cats in a small back yard. They are hungry and dirty, and their owner can no longer care for them And the majority of them are kept as backyard pets. While some are in surroundings fit for a king, other tigers are kept in deplorable conditions.
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Peter Dickinson said...

This whole tiger rental plan has a bad smell to it. You might want to read:

umihoney said...

Can't very well say much if the authority has granted permission.I still believe that tigers are not pet material.

H. Nizam said...

What a very gloomy possibilty, i do believe it might happen if the tigers are rented to individuals many of them can't even take of their own kids.

H. Nizam said...

The rental plan stinks. Better if the govt provide special area suitable for the tigers under their control. Individuals who donate money may be given visiting rights.

H. Nizam said...

Tigers are definitely not pet animals, they are endangered God's creation that should be protected.