The famous “Tiger Temple” in Kanchanaburi has been raided by Thailand’s Wildlife Conservation Office (WCO) on Monday. Wildlife officials started the process of removing around 100 tigers from the temple and place them into animal refuges. The whole moving process might take a week.
Allegations of monks involved in animal abuse, illegal breeding, and selling the animals to black market led to the raid. The authorities are prepared to tackle the issue quickly because of rampant global wildlife trafficking.
“Yesterday was mayhem. When our vet team arrived, there were tigers roaming around everywhere. Looks like the temple intentionally let these tigers out, trying to obstruct our work,” mentioned the Director of Thailand’s WCO Teunjai Noochduromg.
WCO staffs were refused the entry to the temple until a court order was presented.
“There is nothing illegal and dangerous at all. If they do like this, it would affect the tourism industry,” said the Vice President of the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Temple (Tiger Temple) Foundation Suuthipong Pakcharoong to CNN.
WCO and the temple came to an agreement in 2001 permitting the temple to take care for the tigers and not participating to make a profit or breeding them.
“Tiger Temple” charges tourist an entrance fee. Tourist can take pictures, feed the animals, and walk with the tigers.