Tiger Temple in Thailand
Tiger Temple in Thailand to be closed?
FOUR PAWS is actively seeking a sustainable solution for 147 tigers, which are living under poor conditions in Luangta-Maha-Bua temple in Thailand. The so-called “tiger temple” has gained worldwide notoriety: Monks keep around 150 tigers there, which tourists can pay to be photographed with, pet or even lead around on a leash. Due to increasing criticism and a statement by the senior veterinarian on site that three tigers are already missing, local authorities undertook a check in the temple last Friday.
What happens to the 147 tigers?
The authorities could put an end to this animal cruelty, however at the moment it’s uncertain, what would happen to the tigers in that instance. For many months, FOUR PAWS has been trying to convince the monks that the tigers are not kept in a species-appropriate way. The animals are exposed daily to large numbers of visitors which causes constant stress, they are fed the wrong food and spend most of their time in small concrete cages or are kept chained in the temple area. In addition, there is no controlled breeding program, therefore many animals exhibit characteristics of inbreeding.
New tiger rescue center in Thailand?
Since the tigers were reared by hand, they cannot be reintroduced into the wild. FOUR PAWS is certain, that the tiger temple itself offers no appropriate facilities to accommodate the tigers. FOUR PAWS is experienced in the keeping of big cats and has the necessary expertise to advise on their care. We now need to count on the help of the monks and the local authorities to achieve this. The latter must of course first create the framework for a new tiger sanctuary in Thailand. This may also be open for visitors, but must first and foremost take into account the natural needs of these proud wild animals.