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Plans new wildlife park after Animals Asia’s eviction
19 October 2012: Animals Asia has received information that just days after the Ministry of Defence ordered construction on the second phase of the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre to cease, the director of Tam Dao National Park, Mr Tien submitted a proposal to build his own wildlife park in the same area.
Mr Tien’s proposal appears to conflict with the order that Animals Asia received, which claims the land has “national defence significance”.
Mr Tien had lobbied the Ministry of Defence to issue the order for Animals Asia to halt construction, based on the defence issue, which was followed up by a second order evicting Animals Asia from the land.
Recently, Truong Giang Tam Dao Joint Stock Company, which is part-owned by Mr Tien’s daughter, applied to build hotels and a tourist development on the same land Animals Asia is being forced to leave. It is believed Mr Tien intends to build his wildlife park to tie-in with the Truong Giang tourist development.
Once Animals Asia is forced to leave the land and its US$2 million bear rescue facility, it is suspected the area will be declared to no longer be of “national defence significance”, allowing Truong Giang and Mr. Tien to proceed with their development plans. If Animals Asia is evicted from the site, Mr Tien would have no need to build a new wildlife centre, making use instead of the existing facilities that were built and paid for by Animals Asia.
The original order, suspending Animals Asia’s second phase of construction, was issued on 9 July 2012. On 5 October Animals Asia was informed that the July order had been revised to a full eviction. Mr Tien’s rescue centre proposal was submitted on 17 July 2012, only eight days after the original order.
Mr Tien officiates at the opening ceremony of the quarantine area at the centre in 2008.
Mr Tien has lobbied for the centre's eviction, negating years of investment in the care of these bears.