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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 21, 2018 Sabrena Adams
Apr 15, 2018 Ronda Hightower
Apr 15, 2018 Audrey Glenski
Apr 14, 2018 Suzanne Levi
Apr 13, 2018 Donna Long STOP ANIMAL ABUSE EVERYWHERE!
Apr 12, 2018 Barbara Pagliughi
Apr 11, 2018 Cathy King-Chuparkoff
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 11, 2018 Darlene Barton
Apr 7, 2018 Lucy Kelly
Apr 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
Apr 6, 2018 Jo Cairns This Hellhole should be closed down and the so-called Buddhists charged with animal cruelty. No real Buddhists would treat animals this way.
Apr 5, 2018 Inga Frauke Majer
Apr 5, 2018 Casey Jo Remy
Apr 5, 2018 margo molin
Apr 5, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
Apr 4, 2018 Peg Coogan
Apr 3, 2018 Donna Arnold
Apr 3, 2018 Monika Saluter
Apr 2, 2018 inge nespolon
Apr 2, 2018 Candy Williamson
Apr 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 31, 2018 Nan Newall
Mar 31, 2018 Dawn Hubbard
Mar 29, 2018 Giustina Casale-Morton
Mar 29, 2018 Helio de Souza
Mar 29, 2018 Sue Meyers
Mar 28, 2018 Dallene Weaver
Mar 28, 2018 cynthia sloan
Mar 27, 2018 Aileen Glynn
Mar 27, 2018 Rex De Silva
Mar 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 27, 2018 Nico Dabajo
Mar 27, 2018 Angela LaRochelle
Mar 27, 2018 Wendy Springstead
Mar 27, 2018 Llauren Peralta
Mar 27, 2018 Ladonna Courey
Mar 27, 2018 Laura Krause
Mar 27, 2018 Angelita Ritz
Mar 27, 2018 Tarina Pretorius
Mar 27, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 26, 2018 Susan Chandler Stanley Tiger Temple and Tiger Temple Company Ltd. must never be trusted with tigers again!
Mar 26, 2018 Jorge Balseiro
Mar 25, 2018 Leanne Keane
Mar 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2018 Rahnie Tranter
Mar 25, 2018 Chris Sterry
Mar 25, 2018 Roberta Norris
Mar 25, 2018 Axa Tolonen

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