Temple has been exposed by both the
for the Wild International
organization and National
Geographic. You can
see some youTube video proof of what's going
on by scrolling down
this page. To read what is being
written by people who have volunteered there
or who have witnessed abuse or who simply
care about how these magestic animals are
being treated, check out the Thai
Visa Forum and this
of important links
Tiger Temple- Illegal Wildlife Trafficking,
Animal Cruelty and Tourist Safety Risks
press release - "Illegal
tiger trade, cruelty and human health hazards
at famous tourist destination":
market tigers linked to Thai Temple, Reports
Geographic News, 20 June
tiger temple a con job, says wildlife group"
The Straits Times,
21 June 2008:
is a lot of information on this
site. It also talks
about the temple sueing a conservation group.
When did Buddhist temples start sueing people?
wildlife group slams Tiger Temple"
27 June 2008:
tour operator boycotts well-known Thai tourist
Denmark, 7 July 2008:
join boycott of tiger temple"
report says Thai Temple misleads visitors,
Traveller, July 2008:
article (in German):
malnourished, illegal breeding, kept in sweltering
temperatures 40 degrees or more
“It’s a travesty” Thai
Additionally, Animal Planet TV channel have
now dropped their programme on the Temple.
footage of Tiger Abuse on YouTube
Temple/ Animal Cruelty
Temple/ Animal Cruelty, Moving with Force
Temple/ Aggressive Tigers
Temple/ Injured Tiger
Temple/ Restrained for Photo-taking
Temple/ Visitor Safety Risks
From the Thai Visa forum
Posted by Seville):
Something about the infamous tiger
[Quote] After hearing many complaints
about the place from tourists and volunteers
(we have even had volunteers come here after
they left the tiger temple sick after a few
days of volunteering), we visited the tiger
temple with representative of international
animal welfare / wildlife conservation organisations
earlier this year. Short summary:
There are animals locked up
in tiny, un-enriched enclosures.
Tigers are showing signs of
malnourishment, e.g. sight defects. They have
been fed on dogfood and chicken - an incomplete
diet for felines.
Tigers are reported to be beaten
and abused into submission (negative-reinforcement
techniques), in order that they can be handled
and paraded in front of the abbott and the
The monks / handlers do not
have any training or equipment for tranquilising
animals and therefore have no form of emergency
control if a tiger goes bezerk. They rely
heavily on negative reinforcement to keep
the tigers docile, but there is always the
risk of an animal getting out of control.
Tigers are chained up outside
for several hours without shade or drinking
water so that tourists can take photos of
themselves with the tigers.
The initial 4 tigers have rumoured
to have actually been bought by the abbott
from an illegal wildlife trader, mixed species
have been interbred and there are now at least
17 tigers from a limited gene-pool. The
conservation value of this is more than questionable.
The tigers have been officially
confiscated by the government, as the abbott
has no legal documentation or permit to keep
them. However, as the government have no-where
else to take care of the animals, they remain
under the "care" of the Tiger Temple.
The abbott himself is
not open to constructive criticism of his
operation or support from organisations wishing
to improve the welfare of the animals and
safety of the staff/volunteers/tourists.
[This is the most profound statement of
them all. If the monks truly care about the
welfare of the tigers, they would get legal
and accept professional help]
Approximately 300 tourists
pass through each day, each paying a mere
$10 entrance fee plus extra fees for "special"
photos with the tigers - i.e. approx. $20000
per week is cashed in, excluding further donations,
and there is little sign that this is being
spent on the welfare of the animals.
Apologies if this sounds harsh,
but we like to be hard and to the point. If
your aim is to volunteer for an organisation
that has a high regard for the welfare of
the animals, then we do not recommend the
Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi. If your aim
is however to touch/pet wild animals, take
your photo with them and generally exploit
them for your own personal enjoyment and experience,
then please do not consider applying to us
as this behaviour is against our principles.
For your information, we also have a campaign
against wildlife exploitation in tourism,
some information is on our website
greatness of a nation and its moral
progress can be judged by the way its
animals are treated”.