Back Society » Environment » Thailand Is Closing Its Controversial Tiger Temple

Thailand Is Closing Its Controversial Tiger Temple

Thailand's controversial Tiger Temple is set to close down as a tourist attraction, as local authorities are now removing animals from the facility.

Also known as Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, Tiger Temple is a Buddhist temple located on the outskirts of Bangkok which houses over 100 tigers, reports Reuters. It is ranked as one of the Thai capital's must-see attractions, however in recent years the facility has battled numerous accusations of wildlife trafficking and animal abuse.

In January, National Geographic published an exclusive detailing evidence of the temple's rumored crimes, including poor treatment and exploitation as well as efforts to supply the black market. The previous year, Thai authorities visited the temple in April, only to find several animals had gone missing from the facility without explanation, as well as the carcass of a tiger in the freezer.

Since then, Thai authorities have denied the temple's proposal to become a zoo and recently began moving the tigers to other reservations and national parks, reports the Global Post. At the moment, authorities are trying to confiscate five tigers per month until all the tigers have been safely removed from the facility.

Attempts to investigate the temple's alleged activities have been carried out before, however aggressive resistance from both local residents and the foundation which runs Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua have hampered these efforts. Tiger Temple currently brings in approximately US$3 million a year from tourists, who visit the facility to interact with its animals.

[Photo via Reuters]

Related Articles:

Vingroup Denies Claim of 1,700 Dead Animals at Phu Quoc Safari Zoo

There Are Only 20 Indochinese Tigers Left in Vietnam

Vietnam Mulls Destruction of Illegal Ivory, Rhino Horn and Tiger Bone

Related Articles

in Environment

1,300 Pine Trees in National Park Damaged in Illegal Resin Theft

Resin rapscallions pilfered from hundreds of pine trees in Tam Dao National Park.

in Environment

163 New Species Discovered in Southeast Asia: WWF Report

Good news for Southeast Asia's wildlife enthusiasts: scientists just announced that, in 2015, they discovered 163 new species in the Greater Mekong region.

in Environment

2 Bicyclists Set To Ride From Saigon To Paris To Raise Awareness Of Climate Change

On Thursday February 12, Simon Nelson and Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan will set off on a bicycle ride from Saigon to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) in order t...

in Environment

22 Photos That Reveal How Bad Pollution Has Become In China

While pollution is becoming a serious problem in Vietnam with reports of cancer villages and toxic canals popping up the press recently, we live in a natural utopia compared with the residents of Chin...

in Environment

3 Endangered Langurs Were Released Back Into the Wild in Ninh Binh

The trio of critically endangered Delacour's langurs (voọc mông trắng) had been at a conservation center in Cuc Phuong National Park.

in Environment

40 Dead Tiger Cubs Discovered in Tiger Temple Freezer

Last Wednesday, authorities made a grisly discovery while shutting down Thailand's controversial Tiger Temple, recovering 40 dead tiger cubs from an on-site freezer.

Partner Content