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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


Apr 27, 2017 Rosie Albanese
Apr 27, 2017 Kim Holec
Apr 27, 2017 Monika Fisher
Apr 25, 2017 Jacqueline Calhoun This is a damn travesty! these glorious beautiful exotic animals are here on this planet to share with us humans! they are not Commodities, and they are not throwaways! please help them! shut these traffickers down, & put them behind bars.
Apr 23, 2017 Ann Umland
Apr 21, 2017 Carrie Landreth
Apr 20, 2017 Susan Oldershaw This is shameful!
Apr 20, 2017 Jan Cejka
Apr 20, 2017 Katharine Riddle
Apr 18, 2017 Tanja Gistl
Apr 18, 2017 VIRGIE FRICK
Apr 17, 2017 Makise Chika
Apr 17, 2017 Sherryll Shaddock
Apr 17, 2017 Kirsten Patel
Apr 16, 2017 Lanette Norris
Apr 16, 2017 Kerlyn Quesada Vargas
Apr 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) If its true it must be banned
Apr 15, 2017 Rebecka Lindskog
Apr 15, 2017 charin Suarez
Apr 15, 2017 Laura Regan
Apr 15, 2017 Michael Vickers
Apr 15, 2017 Denise Varner
Apr 15, 2017 Carole Cowley Tigers need saving! Stop killing them!
Apr 14, 2017 Victoria Joslin
Apr 14, 2017 Nancy Rabette HOW SAD. HOW COULD YOU.! WHEN YOU LOOK INTO THESE TINY CUBS EYES..YOU SEE THEIR SOULS. SUCH A BETTER SOUL THAN YOU HAVE !! STOP THIS INHUMANE ACTION TOWARD THESE BEAUTIFUL BABIES. LIVE BY THE GOLDEN RULE... REPENT AND BE KIND.
Apr 14, 2017 Susann el Sadiq
Apr 14, 2017 Michelle Dumar
Apr 13, 2017 Sylvia Bowman
Apr 13, 2017 Katrina Shawley
Apr 12, 2017 Carla Rodrigues
Apr 12, 2017 Connie Allman Thailand is known for strong moral thoughts in their decision making. Don't let these people play shell games by using alternate names. Step in and save the tigers. They are a part of your country and our world, too.
Apr 11, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Apr 11, 2017 Deborah Hammond
Apr 11, 2017 Joanna Prideaux
Apr 11, 2017 Louise Broderick
Apr 11, 2017 Theresa Beard
Apr 11, 2017 Paris McNelly I will not be spending ANY MONEY in your country or ANY country that allows such barbaric treatment of any LIVING creature. Shame on you!!!
Apr 10, 2017 Andrew Gurr
Apr 10, 2017 Renee Risser WE SHOULD NOT CONDONE THE ABUSE OF THESE MAGNIFICENT CREATURES AND THE FACT THEY ARE ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION IN THE WILD.
Apr 10, 2017 erek king
Apr 10, 2017 Laura Trondina
Apr 9, 2017 dondi cocola
Apr 9, 2017 Rachel Taberner
Apr 9, 2017 I. meszaros
Apr 8, 2017 Anne-Marie Battaglia
Apr 8, 2017 Doris Miller
Apr 7, 2017 Vicky Haucke
Apr 7, 2017 Michael Tassis
Apr 7, 2017 Ruby Martin
Apr 6, 2017 lucia chua

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