Tiger Temple HORROR: Rotting corpses of 40 cubs found in freezer in Thai tourist hotpot
You may have heard of the Tiger Temple in Thailand (in Kanchanaburi province west of Bangkok), run by Buddhist monks. It was a great tourist attraction for Westerners. Tourists could cuddle up to allegedly drugged tigers and take a selfie – pretty sick to be honest.
There were allegations that the monks were abusing the tigers. There was poor animal welfare and accusations of underhand behavior by the monks by which I mean being involved in the tiger body parts trade to China.
The authorities have been trying to close the so called tiger sanctuary for ages and they have finally succeeded in raiding the place and have taken away 61 tigers while 76 remain to be removed. An enormous number.
The shocking news is that they found the corpses of 40 tiger cubs in a freezer. Why? I’ll guess. They were kept for body parts for sale in China. The monks say they were advised to keep them by a vet. Sounds wrong to me.
Animal welfare organisations have been campaigning against the temple for a long time.
I thought buddhists were meant to be sensitive to animal welfare or am I being naive?
The photos are horrific. The temple denies any wrong doing. The reason why there were so many tiger cubs is because the monks bred tigers. Why? Well, I say again: to sell body parts. I don’t believe all the cubs died of natural causes. Thailand is like a tiger body parts wholesaler or shipping agent. Tigers are shipped from India and Bangladesh (where they are poached) through Burma to Thailand and then to China.
Jan Schmidt of Asia-Pacific Wildlife Adviser at World Animal Protection said:
“It’s clear that the welfare of the tigers is not a priority and their lives are full of abuse and commercial exploitation for the entertainment of tourists.”
Peta said the temple was “hell for animals”. And all along for years the tourists were oblivious to the tiger abuse perpetrated under their noses.
Shame on the monks.