AR-News: Chinese Ambassador speaks - Chimps will be fine...
rumsiki at netvision.net.il
Mon Jan 26 22:09:29 EST 2004
From:primfocus at waste.org
The New Vision
26 January 2004
The chimps will be fine in China
SIR, I wish to clarify some issues raised in your article of January 22
entitled "Chimps to China."
The story contains some inaccuracies. The chimps donation involved friendly
consultations by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the Ministry of Tourism,
trade and Industry, the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, and Entebbe
municipal council which is twinned with Changsha City in China.
The donation is two and not three chimps as reported. It was mutually
agreed that the donation procedures will conform to the relevant
international convention and practices. The agreement was fair and transparent.
The chimps will be kept in a specially located four-hectare home in
Changsha City with modern facilities within the Changsha Ecosystem Park.
The park, covering 200 hectares, is home to 5000 animals, 300 of which live
in a wildlife protective natural ecosystem similar to the wildlife
conservation centre in Uganda. The chimps are not going to be kept in tiny
zoo cages as reported. We fully understand the concern of the Ugandan
wildlife conservation groups. In fact, the Entebbe City delegation headed
by Entebbe's mayor, Stephen Kabuye, visited the park last and is well
acquainted with its modern ecosystem. Moreover, in line with the
requirements from Uganda, Changsha Park is required to sign an agreement
soon to confirming that the donated animals will be raised only for
conservation and educational purposes rather than for trade, circus
activities or any other form of abuse. A videotape about Changsha's
ecosystem will also be attached. China and Uganda enjoy very strong
friendship in terms of political solidarity, economic and trade ties and
other fields. However, due to the distance, their citizens still remain
ignorant of each other in many aspects. In this sense, the two chimps will
serve as goodwill ambassadors for Uganda to the Chinese people and enable
the Chinese to know more about Uganda. such a friendly donation will be
widely covered by the Chinese media and win great publicity and attract a
favourable rather than negative image about Uganda and Africa at large.
China is, by no means, against the wishes of President Yoweri Museveni and
his vision of promoting Uganda's tourism.
It is on record that Uganda has requested China to enlist her as a
destination of group tourists. With the arrival of the Chinese, Uganda's
income from tourism will be boosted. This will in turn help preserve the
endangered species better.
Ambassador of the People's Republic of China
the wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage. he is in front of it - axel munthe
"Never doubt that a small group of dedicated citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
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