Tiger killing case sparks move to bar private zoos

The opposition Christian Democrats have proposed legislation that would bar private individuals from running zoos, iDnes.cz reported on Tuesday. The move comes after a recent case involving the killing of tigers to produce traditional Asian medicines. Under the bill only municipalities, regional authorities and the state would be allowed to operate zoos.

For his part, the ANO prime minister, Andrej Babiš, says big cats ought to be in zoos that are administered by the state.

Police have charged several people with the unauthorised treatment of animals over the tiger killings. The case is allegedly linked to a zoo park north of Prague.

Author: Ian Willoughby