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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!

Signed,

Petition Signatures


Feb 19, 2017 Leslie Fenkl
Feb 19, 2017 Dulcie Camp
Feb 19, 2017 Michael Walton
Feb 18, 2017 Natalia Smirnova
Feb 18, 2017 Courtney Kovacs
Feb 18, 2017 Eunice Olson
Feb 18, 2017 Bernadette CUELLAR
Feb 18, 2017 Dean OBrien
Feb 17, 2017 Andie Bates
Feb 17, 2017 kevin king
Feb 16, 2017 antonella turano
Feb 16, 2017 Sharon Gillespie
Feb 16, 2017 Laura Horning
Feb 16, 2017 M Kent
Feb 16, 2017 Kathy Tobey
Feb 16, 2017 Frida Wallin
Feb 16, 2017 Zlata Vsevolskaya
Feb 16, 2017 Jean-Claude Morin
Feb 16, 2017 Kerry Lang
Feb 15, 2017 Chris Middleton
Feb 15, 2017 Voletta Chavia
Feb 15, 2017 Shannon Patrick
Feb 15, 2017 suzanne nadeau
Feb 15, 2017 Nico Sandman
Feb 14, 2017 Tammy Ferrell
Feb 14, 2017 janet meah DISGUSTING
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Feb 13, 2017 Jack Martin
Feb 12, 2017 Elizabeth Stillman
Feb 12, 2017 Martha Kubik
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Feb 11, 2017 Tristin Pollet
Feb 10, 2017 Khanada Azeleia Disgusting and they're supposed to be the one who care about humanity?
Feb 10, 2017 José Ángel
Feb 9, 2017 Sherry Barber
Feb 9, 2017 Sara Rosenau
Feb 9, 2017 Donald Glenister
Feb 9, 2017 Jan Repp
Feb 9, 2017 Judith Beattie
Feb 9, 2017 patricia carrasco
Feb 9, 2017 Carol Green
Feb 9, 2017 Daisy Costa
Feb 9, 2017 Adrian Wills
Feb 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please stop this now!!!!
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Feb 9, 2017 Mick McMahon
Feb 8, 2017 Diana Swanson
Feb 8, 2017 Jordi Estruells
Feb 7, 2017 Bonnie Farmer

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