Conservation group hails tiger bust

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A conservation group, Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV), has hailed efforts by the Binh Duong provincial authorities to address a case of illegal tiger trading.

Huynh Van Hai, 57, the owner of a private zoo in the southern province, was jailed for three years on March 10 for selling endangered tigers.

His zoo, Thanh Canh Tourism Park, was supposed to protect the tigers. However, at least five dead tiger corpses had been sold out of the park secretly during March 2003 and December 2005.

Fourteen other people, including Hai's son, received sentences ranging from probation to 30 months in prison for their involvement in the trade. 

ENV said the Binh Duong Police investigation led to the prosecution of Hai and other suspects involved in the case.

"Binh Duong authorities are sending a strong message to other tiger farmers that may be engaged in similar illegal activities," the group said in a statement, issued Friday.

Provincial police have also asked the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to investigate local officials for their poor management of the zoo.

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