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Activists against tiger adoption program

  • Oyos Saroso H.N

    The Jakarta Post

Bandarlampung   /   Fri, January 29 2010   /  11:01 am

Environmental activists have strongly criticized the government’s plan to allow Sumatran tigers to be adopted by wealthy citizens and the private sector.The activists said the adoption plan, which they suspected as being politically motivated, was not the best solution to save the animal and could escalate poaching.The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) Sumatra region campaign manager, Mukri Friatna, said that in line with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s first 100-day program, all the ministers in the new cabinet were trying to improve their image.“That’s the political motive behind the tiger adoption program. We want to emphasize that Walhi opposes the plan since it is the wrong way to save the tiger,” he said.“If we wish to save the Sumatran tiger, the government should be serious in stopping illegal logging and poaching, not issuing tiger adoption permits....