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The temple of tame tigers

August 4, 2008

Incredible as it may sound, I read an article online today about a Temple in Thailand where the monks have been raising tigers!

Apparently the Temple is home to a number of endangered species and over 21 tiger cubs have been born there.

Visitors are encouraged and are able to get up close and personal with these beautiful animals whilst they walk freely around the grounds. Check out these photos on the Telegraph website

Doesnt it give you faith in human nature?

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3 comments

  1. It’s just something Buddhist monks do in their spare time, I guess. sarcasm**


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  3. With regards to the notorious Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, Thailand – following complaints from tourists and volunteers about tigers being mistreated, international wildlife charity Care for the Wild recently undertook an intensive two year investigation. Their report reveals evidence of illegal wildlife trade, animal cruelty, false conservation claims and visitor safety risks at the Temple.

    You can read the report at: http://www.careforthewild.com/projects.asp?detail=true&I_ID=580&mypage=Reports

    This issue has widespread media coverage:

    CWI’s press release – “Illegal tiger trade, cruelty and human health hazards at famous tourist destination”:
    http://www.careforthewild.com/files/tt_news_release%2020-06-08.pdf

    “Black market tigers linked to Thai Temple, Reports says”
    National Geographic News, 20 June 2008:
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/06/080620-tiger-temple.html

    “Thai tiger temple a con job, says wildlife group”
    The Straits Times, 21 June 2008:
    http://travel.asiaone.com/Travel/News/Story/A1Story20080623-72311.html

    “UK wildlife group slams Tiger Temple”
    Bangkok Post, 27 June 2008:
    http://www.bangkokpost.com/270608_News/27Jun2008_news14.php

    “Danish tour operator boycotts well-known Thai tourist attraction”
    ScandAsia Denmark, 7 July 2008:
    http://www.scandasia.com/viewNews.php?coun_code=dk&news_id=4474

    Canada: CBC National News, 9 July 2008:
    http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/2008/200807/20080709.html

    “Danes join boycott of tiger temple”
    The Nation, 11 July 2008
    http://nationmultimedia.com/2008/07/11/politics/politics_30077848.php

    “New report says Thai Temple misleads visitors, abuses tigers”
    Ethical Traveller, July 2008:
    http://www.ethicaltraveler.org/news_story.php?id=1101

    “Paradise Lost”
    The Star, 15 July 2008
    http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2008/7/15/lifefocus/15
    35960&sec=lifefocus

    Spiegel article (in German):
    http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/0,1518,562903,00.html

    Additionally, Animal Planet TV channel have now dropped their programme on the Temple.



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