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Jakarta Post

Environmental groups firmly against new breeding center

  • Oyos Saroso H.N.

    The Jakarta Post

Bandarlampung   /   Thu, July 30 2009   /  12:55 pm

NGOs are opposing the government's plan to turn the Tampang-Belimbing area, located within the South Bukit Barisan National Park (TNBBS), into a Sumatra tiger breeding center because it is located next to a human settlement. They have also questioned the validity of the two entities' operating licenses, the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation (TNWC) and PT Adhiniaga Kreasi Nusa of Artha Graha Network companies owned by businessman Tomy Winata, which are not applicable to wildlife breeding and conservation. "The business licenses are for tourism and nature conservation, so they are not valid for tiger breeding. Even for tourism purposes, they have to allow public access," Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) campaign manager Mukri Friatna said Wednesday. He added that becoming a wildlife breeder was not easy because the company had to meet a number of criterias st...