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Thanh Hóa tightens control over wild animal farms

Update: November, 02/2016 - 17:30
A tiger being raised on a family farm in central Thanh Hóa Province’s Xuân Tín Commune. – Photo
Viet Nam News

THANH HÓA — The People’s Committee of the central Thanh Hóa Province have asked the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Forest Protection Department, and local authorities to re-examine more than 280 wild animal farms in the province.

The committee required relevant authorities to pay special attention to tiger raising farms located in the Thọ Xuân District; bear farms in Thanh Hóa City, Bỉm Sơn Town, and Hậu Lộc and Tĩnh Gia districts; crocodile ponds in Yên Định, Thiệu Hóa districts; and cobra raising businesses in 12 districts in the province.

Nguyễn Đình Xứng, chairman of the Provincial Committee said he would revoke operation certificates for wild animal farms that failed to ensure the safety requirements and criteria laid down for farms.

He also asked authorised agencies to quickly formulate a plan for raising wild animals and gradually relocate wild animal farms out of residential areas.

Figures from the committee showed that there are more than 280 wild animal farms with 18,853 animals. — VNS

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