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22 January 2010
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Have you ever wanted a pet? A cute little kitten that purr EVERY SINGLE TIME you scratch his cute little belly? Now you can! For just the price of 1 billion Indonesian Rupiah, YOU can own your very own Tiger!!eleven11one!!!
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Yesterday, Indonesian officials put up tigers for sale, saying that tigers in the local area are being hunted to near extinction. Officials say that "We are doing this for the tiger's sake, for conservation. We are not doing it for profit."
Affluent businessmen and other "special people", claims that they want to buy the tigers due to a psychological defect, which experts have identified as identity crisis. "This idea of "selling" the tigers to the public came about after several wealthy businessmen proposed buying them," said Didi Wuryanto, an Indonesian forestry ministry official. "They don't just want to own horses. They want to be acknowledged as special people with prestige, so they want to keep tigers."
Environmental activists Greenpeace claims that the move was dues to the Chinese in neighbouring Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and China celebrating Chinese New Year in about three weeks. According to the Lunar Calender, last year was year of the a 4-inch stuffed raptor, and the upcoming year will be the year of the Tiger, and the next will be the year of the Grue. Since the year of the tiger is coming soon, a lot of people will want a piece of the tiger.
edit International Condemnation
- Barney Henderson "Indonesia sells tigers to the rich". Telegraph, January 21, 2010
- Arlina Arshad "Indonesia eyes pet market for endangered tigers". AFP, January 21, 2010
- "Indonesia mulls adoptions to preserve Sumatran tigers". BBC News, January 21, 2010