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On June 2, 2016, Thai authorities raided Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yanasampanno, a Buddhist temple also known simply as the Tiger Temple. There, in a temple freezer, they made a shocking discovery.

40 dead tiger cubs.

These discoveries confirmed that the tourist attraction was actually a front for rampant animal abuse.

The list of organizations opposing the Tiger Temple is long, and their complaints widespread. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) prohibits the commercial breeding of tigers. The temple lacks accredited conservation breeding programs and proper facilities to humanely house these animals. It has engaged in unauthorized trade of tigers with Laos.

And now, animal trafficking must be added to their list of crimes.

In the wake of the discovery of the deceased tiger cubs and parts, all 137 tigers held by the Tiger Temple were removed from the premises. But the loss of the tigers is estimated to cost the temple $3 million each year in ticket sales to unsuspecting tourists.

Now the Temple is fighting back. In 2015, the temple created a company called Tiger Temple Company Ltd., applied for, and was granted a zoo license. This license would permit the company to buy back the seized tigers and legally breed them. Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has stated that because no one from the new company has been convicted of a serious crime, there was no legal justification to reject the application.

But the Tiger Temple's legacy of abuse and trafficking cannot be ignored. Tell Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation that Tiger Temple Company Ltd.'s zoo license must be revoked and that the temple's 137 seized tigers should instead live out their lives in a sanctuary free from those who would treat these beautiful cats as entertainment or commodities!

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To the Thailand Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation; CITES Thailand; and the Prime Minister of Thailand,

I am writing to ask your collaboration in revoking the zoo license for Tiger Temple Company Ltd. While no one in the company has yet been charged with the abuse or trafficking of tigers, the ties to the original Tiger Temple, where abuse and trafficking have been rampant, are undeniable.

To sell the tigers bravely seized during your raid on the Temple would condemn these endangered animals to generations of potential abuse and trafficking. Tigers are neither for entertainment nor profit. They are not commodities or livestock. They are majestic, wild animals.

The Thai government has already taken the first step in protecting these tigers by removing them from the Tiger Temple. Now, their fates rest in your hands.

Please, continue your legacy of fighting for tiger welfare by revoking Tiger Temple Company Ltd.'s zoo license and ensuring that the Temple's tigers live out the rest of their days in a sanctuary free from those who would treat these beautiful cats as entertainment or commodities!


Petition Signatures

Sep 20, 2017 Peggy Skelton
Sep 20, 2017 Diane Sposili
Sep 19, 2017 Rita Council
Sep 18, 2017 Karen Moore
Sep 18, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Sep 12, 2017 Sondra McMurray Heartbreaking,cruel,unnecessary! Charge these people,save and protect the tigers!Tigers are beautiful and important living beings!Tigers deserve to live a long,happy,normal life,NOT be hurt,stressed or killed!!No reason for it.We need tigers around!
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 5, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2017 Mona Hook Another example of bad men hiding behind the skirts of spiritual religions to fool the people just to put money in their own pockets. Horrible abuse and trafficking! Revoke their license!
Sep 1, 2017 Maria Macpherson
Aug 31, 2017 Ankita Jain
Aug 31, 2017 Gretchen Stallworth
Aug 31, 2017 Jessica Black
Aug 31, 2017 Bob Brucker
Aug 31, 2017 Wanda Majeski
Aug 31, 2017 Richard Han
Aug 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2017 Blaze Bhence
Aug 30, 2017 Babak Sadegh-Zadeh
Aug 29, 2017 Julie English
Aug 27, 2017 shelley stevens
Aug 26, 2017 Susan Hopf
Aug 25, 2017 Tammy Cunningham
Aug 23, 2017 Cara Gregory
Aug 22, 2017 Stephanie McDonald
Aug 22, 2017 Jean Galati
Aug 22, 2017 R. E. Kish Only scumbag sub humans harm and kill innocent animals. What pathetic pieces of crap you all are and a disgrace to the human and animal race. Remember: Karma has no menu. You get what you are served. Are you ready for your payback?
Aug 22, 2017 Randyl Sachs
Aug 21, 2017 Jeni Munn
Aug 20, 2017 Danny Castori
Aug 20, 2017 EM Riegel
Aug 20, 2017 Laurie Boukas
Aug 20, 2017 Debra Zamudio
Aug 19, 2017 tamatha hunter
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 Anna Mai Van
Aug 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2017 Charmaine Shannon
Aug 15, 2017 MICHAEL ROSSI
Aug 15, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2017 Amy Chevalier
Aug 14, 2017 Deborah Cochenour Stop this cruel and inhumane abuse of these beautiful creatures! They need to survive!
Aug 13, 2017 Janet Magdaleno
Aug 13, 2017 Patricia McGarry Save tigers! Stop this needless slaughter
Aug 12, 2017 Natalia Stepic
Aug 12, 2017 Sharon J
Aug 11, 2017 JoEllen Mayer
Aug 11, 2017 Adele Kirk

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