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The latest effort by Thai wildlife authorities to remove the tigers from the  ”Tiger Temple,” a tourist trap that has become famous for its abuse and mistreatment of big cats, has been stalled once again. Just one day after wildlife protection officials reportedly moved to seize more than 100 tigers from the park, the operation was postponed, pending “negotiation” with the influential temple abbot.

The Tiger Temple has long been accused by animal rights activists of abusing the tigers for commercial gain and even trafficking some of its animals. At its three facilities, the parks allow tourists to view, pet, hug, and pose for photos with the wild cats. The trainers use bamboo sticks to strike the tigers into obeying their trainers, which happens during training sessions every morning before tourists enter the park. An investigation into Tiger Temple found that tigers were often beaten and deprived of food and water to reinforce the dominance of their trainers.

The Temple’s captive breeding program has also been accused of violating CITES, an international treaty on wildlife, which bans commercial breeding of protected wild animals such as tigers.

We Need to Act for the Tigers!

Promises to retire the big cats to actual sanctuaries have been made and broken over and over again. This time, a lawyer for the Tiger Temple said that the facility is willing to give up most of its tigers but declined to specify when it will happen. He also said the temple will retain some of the wild animals and has applied for a permit to build a zoo to keep them. Of course, life in a zoo is no life at all for a tiger either.

You can help the tigers by boycotting this tourist trap and leaving a review on websites like Trip Advisor to help inform travelers of the abuses at this facility. Share this article to maximize the impact of information and help ensure that Tiger Temple is no longer allowed to abuse and mistreat these beautiful animals.

It is far past time that this facility was shut down for good! Let’s all help get these tigers the freedom they deserve!

Image source: xiquinhosilva/Flickr



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91 comments on “Tiger Temple Refuses to Release Tigers … Again. Let’s Help Shut Them Down!”

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Kieun Nam
7 Months Ago

Again, wild animals belong in wild! Not to chain them up n make money off of tourist who thinks it's cool n Shit


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Rae Dennis
7 Months Ago

I ask myself that question every day !!


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Nola Pettett
7 Months Ago

No wild animal should be kept by man, whether as a pet or used for food, clothing, or experiments.


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Veroni Bear
7 Months Ago

There is a major investigation coming out tomorrow, by the amazing and dedicated Sybelle, founder of Behind the Cloak of Buddha - Cee4life. She and her team have been working on this for months. Hopefully, once this report is made public, the terrible tiger temple will be closed down asap, and the tigers all sent to genuine sanctuaries. Thanks for sharing dear sis McKenna xo


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Harriet Freetly
7 Months Ago

Where is this?


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Kelli Combs
7 Months Ago

Sick assholes that only care about profits


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Belinda Berdes
7 Months Ago

Shameful. All for money.


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Iris Potter
7 Months Ago

Signed.


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Shane Thoth Fox
7 Months Ago

Hmm.. I have mixed feelings. I cannot state an opinion without more facts. Like what the intentions are on both "pro and con". If this is a rescue and these Tigers were sickly as kittens, were hand raised and cared for by humans, how on EARTH can you release them into the wild!?!? They'll be eaten by lions! Not only that, but they have never learned how to fight to protect themselves! How the hell can they be released NOW??? I understand the "fight" for wrong and right, but under their current living circumstances, you can't just close this place down because "tigers are wild".. Sweeping statements like that can be as dangerous as Donald Trump! (Lol! Ok just a touch of humor there..)


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Josy Jump
7 Months Ago

There have been many efforts to close down these operations run by the monks that everybody seems to revere. But I have always thought this to be very cruel. A wild animal belongs in the wild. The head abbot is very influential and I think it will be no easy task to get these poor tigers freed As always, money rules. Tourists bring in a great deal of money. They will not give this up easily.


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