Thailand’s Tiger Temple to lose its big cats

Wildlife experts prepared for protests by monks
Authorities in Thailand are planning the removal of all 146 tigers from the country’s famed Tiger Temple by the end of this month.
The work will be done by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Preservation, which says it is prepared for any protests by monks and the temple’s supporters. The tigers will be re-homed in Ratchaburi province where the state will take responsibility for the big cats.
Tiger Temple, or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, is a Theravada Buddhist temple in western Thailand that was founded in 1994 as a forest sanctuary for wild animals. It is located in Kanchanaburi province, not far from the border with Myanmar.
No reason has been given for the removal of the animals from the tourist attraction west of Bangkok, although there is speculation it may be related to an investigation into three missing tigers.
It comes soon after the recent removal of six rare Moon Bears after temple staff could not produce the official documentation proving they were obtained legitimately. A total of 400 people were involved in the bears’ removal after monks and their supporters protested against the action.
TTG Digital
[photo courtesy Tourism Authority of Thailand]

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