Breeding wild beasts becomes new hobby of the rich

VietNamNet Bridge – Breeding dangerous animals is now in vogue among the rich people. They not only have to spend billions of dong, but a lot of time as well to “hunt” for the wild beasts.

The two rhinos of Le Thanh Than.

Tigers, leopards, lions and rhinos can all be found in the mini farms owned by millionaires who are ready to spend money like water on their original collections.

Le Thanh Than, a millionaire in the central region spent one trillion dong to buy two rhinos to breed on his farm.

The collection of wild beasts of Than also includes a couple of zebra from Africa, a couple of white horses, tens of antelopes and stags and two ostriches. However, what most attract visitors are the two tigers and one bear. The big guy is planning to buy two white tigers in the future.

Meanwhile, a big guy in district 12 in HCM City has a crocodile pond in front of his house, which helps him relax while seeing the crocodiles biting the bait.

There on the back of his garden, there is a big cage capturing two pythons, six poisonous snakes, three bears and one chimpanzee. The total value for the "mini collection" of the big guy in the real estate sector is estimated at hundreds of millions of dong.

The millionaires not only have to spend money to buy the wild animals, but also to set up firm cages for them and feed them every day. The food for the animals alone cost the big guys several million dong a day, which is enough to feed a family in rural areas for a month.

Besides, they also have to spend money on the workers in charge of taking care for the precious animals and feed them everyday.

Huynh Uy Dung, President and CEO of the Dai Nam Joint Stock Company, once said on Tuoi tre newspaper that the feed for the animals costs 200 million dong a month.

Dung said in the past, it was always the good news if a tiger gave birth, but this is really a big worry now, because this means that more money needs to be spent to feed the tigers.

In Vietnam, competent agencies still keep different viewpoints about whether to allow individuals to own and breed wild beasts. The divergence leads to the fact that people breed wild animals in the fear that they may “violate the laws” one day.

Do Quang Tung, Deputy Director of CITES Vietnam, believes that it would be okay to allow individuals to breed wild animals just for displaying, not for commercial purpose.

Tung also said that the import of the two rhinos of the millionaire in Nghe An province does not violate the CITES convention.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Phuong Dung, Deputy Director of ENV (Education for Nature Vietnam) thinks that Vietnam should not allow breeding wild animals at private farms, stressing that this work should be assigned to the establishments put under the state’s control.

If individuals really want to breed the animals, they must bear the supervision of the state management agencies to ensure that the breeding serves the purposes written down in the licenses.

Nguyen Can Tho, Director of the Nghe An provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, also said that it is quite a normal thing to allow an individual to breed two rhinos.

He said the individuals that breed animals should be highly appreciated for their contribution to the conservation and biodiversity protection.