After Years of Abuse, 137 Tigers Have Been Seized at Thailand’s Tiger Temple

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Authorities have forcibly removed the tigers from this notoriously cruel tourist attraction.

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Confined to barren concrete cells, chained up and forced to pose for photos with tourists in the scorching sun – life was hell for the tigers kept at the Tiger Temple, a tourist attraction in Western Thailand. The temple calls itself an animal “sanctuary”, but in reality, the wild animals who lived there were imprisoned and denied everything that is natural and important to them.

Yet foreign visitors, who should have known better kept on coming, earning the temple a reported $6 million a year from ticket sales. During photo sessions, the animals were reportedly heavily sedated, and their movements were restricted. Visitors reported that monks beat the tigers with sticks when the frustrated animals refused to cooperate.

Now, finally, it looks like the cruelty will end. This week, in response to global pressure on wildlife trafficking, the temple’s 137 tigers are being seized and transferred to animal refuges around the country.

The removal of the tigers comes after years of accusations of animal abuse, drugging and trafficking. Officials from Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation were able to raid the temple after obtaining a court warrant to rescue the tigers from the animal prison.

Authorities also made the shocking discovery that 40 dead cubs were stored in a freezer on the premises. And a monk has been accused of attempting to smuggle out tiger skins, fangs and amulets made out of tiger parts.

How You Can Help

Unfortunately, Tiger Temple is not the only place where wild animals are used as photo props or forced to perform.

Please, if you’re travelling abroad, don’t take selfies with wild animals, don’t ride an elephant and don’t visit a zoo or marine park. And if you see any travel companies promoting these types of cruel tourist activities, write and ask them to stopbecause as long as these attractions keep on making money, they’ll keep on abusing animals.


  • Georgia commented on June 3, 2016 at 4:18 pm


  • April Whalley commented on June 3, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Thank goodness they have been rescued

  • Maria Ruviño commented on June 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Please, if you’re travelling abroad, don’t take selfies with wild animals, don’t ride an elephant and don’t visit a zoo or marine park. And if you see any travel companies promoting these types of cruel tourist activities, write and ask them to stop—because as long as these attractions keep on making money, they’ll keep on abusing animals.

  • Susie commented on June 3, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Our world is forever evolving and I myself am always learning! I am seriously sick and tired of hearing and seeing animal cruelty in all its forms! If we can ban ciggerettes being smoked in public places then we have the ability to stop all animal cruelty on this planet!! It takes constant news, television shows, and the use of the Internet to get people to see what is going on! Nature and animals our planet is so beautiful and I truly don’t believe me you and anyone really wants to destroy it I just think we all need to have our blindfolds removed ! So if we take away money being made then that’s the answer ! The confusion of seeing a beautiful animal and that being animal cruelty is hard for a lot of people to understand! So instead of pointing fingers and blaming lets instead spread the word and spread the word of love and not hate! I really want stories of animal cruelty to stop and I’m pretty sure everyone would if they weren’t losing money or a lifestyle ! Stop paying into this cruelty

  • June Thomas commented on June 3, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I am so glad this has happened. I thought that monks were supposed to preserve all life. And the tourists that pay are equally as bad, no demand no cash.

  • Myra Bayes commented on June 3, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    This needs to be shared far and wide. Obviously the average person who pays to be pictured with these magnificent animals are too stupid to realise the cruelty they are perpetuating. The whole world needs educating on how to be aware of how animals are being exploited whether through circuses, zoos or street performers. The monks need prosecuting, they are supposed to be good people not animal abusers.

  • joan O'Donoghue commented on June 3, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    About time too. And they call themselves monks! Unbelievable.

  • Joy leonard commented on June 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    And this is why I won’t travel to countries that benefit and often condone this

  • marian commented on June 3, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Do tourists really believe wild animals would “pose” for a photo without a significant amount of cruelty and broken spirit being involved ??? in participating you’re involved in this abuse.

  • Dart commented on June 3, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    When the country stops the animal cruelty I might even book myself a family holiday there

  • Jeannette Heath commented on June 3, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Let’s hope these poor animals get a wonderful free life after their terrible life. So much for monks being such good people. They are disgusting people to treat these poor creatures so cruelly.

  • Ann Vale commented on June 3, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    The look on that babies face says it all, if I could I would go and rescue him and pay for him/her to go to a sanctuary, poor baby. It’s a disgrace and demeaning to chain an animal like this.

  • Lesley Blissett commented on June 4, 2016 at 10:25 am

    You would have thought that as this place is a temple and is actually run by monks that the animals would have been treated with loving care, so sad that this isn’t the case, it has made me think again about Buddhism!

  • carole oconnor commented on June 4, 2016 at 11:07 am

    The time has come to stop animal cruelty making money out of misery is against all that is wrong. And to be a Buddhist. And inflicked such cruelty on beautiful tigers. I was taught that they cared for God creatures. But like a number of Asian countries they treat animals badly

  • la marca monique commented on June 4, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Stop abusing animals for entertainment. They should be sent to sanctuary and the abusers to jail…

  • Anne Hasted commented on June 4, 2016 at 11:23 am

    S h A m e O n Y oU

  • Dawn Moore commented on June 4, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Thailand is a horrid place tourists say how beautiful it is..but it’s a he’ll hole for animals all animals..the government need to stop all this. No one wants to see this ..what if humans were kept in cages or children ..and beaten ..would they pay for tickets to go see that !! why fo humans think animals are on this planet to be abused.tortured.eaten beaten eaten alive’s a sick country

  • Valerie Mead commented on June 4, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Please stop this cruelty to Gods beautiful Animals . He sees what you are doing and he is heartbroken at what you are doing to his animals that he created and he wants you to stop this cruelty and treat all his animals with care compassion and most of all love so please stop this RIGHT NOW from a Christian who loves God and all his Animals thank you love xxx

  • Brenda Street commented on June 4, 2016 at 11:44 am

    We need to respect animals they havea right to be here at peace just because we are the stronger ?

  • Alex commented on June 4, 2016 at 11:53 am

    It’s unbelievable what cruel humans do to our lovely animals! It’s right we should refuse to partake in increasing their profits. Live and let live!

  • Robert Moore commented on June 4, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    When will man stop abusing animals? It has been said that if animals had the ability to visualize an image of Satan, it would surely be MAN! I don’t know how these monsters who abuse animals by day can even sleep at night……they must be the most disgusting, lowest forms of insensitive humans on earth! What ever happened to them in their lives that they should become this way? Every time I read of another form of animal abuse, I am sickened and ever so angry and just need the ability to vent!! Thank goodness for all the animal rights groups and organizations who are watching and reporting these atrocities to us animal lovers and our numbers are definitely growing……Keep up the great work and we’ll continue to support you. May God watch over all the defenseless little animals in the world and I pray all the time for mercy and justice for them!! Thank you!

  • Tiziana Mantelli commented on June 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Stop immediately!

  • Polly Folley commented on June 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    This is absolutely hideous

  • She'll commented on June 4, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Close them all down let the animals be free from misery

  • Elsie Poynton commented on June 4, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    We went there on an arranged tour it was terrible my friend and I left and waited outside

  • Karen Prior commented on June 4, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    You make every breathing moment of mine torture to be alive because of what you do I cannot sleep at night I want to cut off my ear and send it to you! Torturing and killing animals the most divine sentient beings on this planet? I can’t wait till the human race are wiped out! They do not deserve this beautiful blue gem, Mother Nature is God you idiots, and animals are real life human angels. Wake up! Scourge. You are but fleeting, momentarily in existence you have made it so that the human race, me including all my children and grandchildren have nothing left. A fleeting menace to infinite higher evolved beings you see as inferior and then you destroy them? No. You have to be sadists to animals and torture them, low born clods of brute earth. You may feel powerful praying on the innocent souls of this world but you are paving a way for your own suffering 1000000 folds worse and you know what? You deserve it they don’t.

  • Isabel Abreu commented on June 4, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    People all over the world listen once and for all!!! Animals are not ours to use, to eat, to wear, for entertainment or any kind pf cruelty or abuse!!

  • Christine commented on June 4, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Please please can everyone stop supporting these tourist attractions. For the sake of a few minutes and a photo these poor animals suffer years of abuse and misery

  • Cynthia Kramer commented on June 4, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    I am over the moon that they got the Tigers out, thank you for helping this poor animals!

  • Astrid Schuster commented on June 4, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    stop this.

  • Rachel commented on June 4, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Tiger is an animal specie in danger, menacing them should be punished by long time in jail no less than 25 years. I would say life, because these murderers for me deserve the same as they did. They are’nt humans but horrible inhuman creatures.

  • Christina Trim commented on June 4, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    A friend of mine went to the Tiger Temple a few years ago and had photo’s taken with the tigers. I always wondered how these so called wild animals were so placid living amongst the monks. I had learnt that the monks had some bond with them and that the tigers chose to live with them. The photo’s looked lovely but it is only when the real truth comes out that I realise how awful it really is.

  • BOSCO Maurizio commented on June 4, 2016 at 3:54 pm


  • Jeanette Harrison commented on June 4, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you to everyone who has saved these tigers, they have a second chance and they deserve it, it is a disgrace that these people were allowed to treat these animals the way they did and got away with it for farr too long , shame on the visitors who didn’t use their brains and thought it was okay to tranquilise these animals so they could have a photo taken with them, idiots.

  • Brant Emery commented on June 4, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    These people are not Buddhist. They’re just profiteers – people need to realize their consumption choices are their protest power!

  • Sylvia Kettridge commented on June 4, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    These Monks need to an eye on in case they get up to their nasty antics again. They really are a disgrace. I hope all the rescued tigers are doing well. They deserve a decent life.

  • David Parker commented on June 4, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Many thousands of us are appalled by this cruelty!

    Yours sincerely,
    David Parker.

  • Clare Grainger commented on June 4, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Help these beautiful creatures / think about what you are funding. Their pain over your enjoyment???

  • Irene gill commented on June 4, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I would never visit a country that promoted such cruelty!

  • Ann Marshall commented on June 4, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Delighted this is being stopped. Those poor animals should never have been subjected to this kind of life. The poor Cubs too. Hope the Tigers enjoy the rest of their lives in a wildlife sanctuary

  • Gepffrey Churchi;; commented on June 4, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Well done, sanity and humanity at last.

  • Michael Henderson commented on June 4, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Have criminal charges been filed against the owners of this hellish “sanctuary”? Clearly the abuse was extreme.

  • Tony Browne commented on June 4, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    What an evil planet

  • John commented on June 4, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    The way we treat these beautiful creatures is a disgrace. You’d think that any indigenous peoples would treat their fellow inhabitants with kindness. I’m remind reminded of the farmer who found an young injured Croc. When it had recovered he returned it to where he found it. Next morning it had returned to his porch. This was repeated time and time again until the farmer gave up. The animal stayed with him for many decades growing to 18′ + feet. My point is that many more animals have personalities emotions we are only just beginning to realise

  • Dorothee commented on June 4, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    stop this perverse madness….and let these ***TEMPLE MONKS*** ROT IN HELL FOREVER !!!

  • Kathleen shaw commented on June 4, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    I always thought that budist monks did,not kill any thing well that’s not true

  • JOAN HARVEY commented on June 4, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    I’m totally shocked that monks would indulge in such appalling cruelty. I hope they are punished severely.

  • Nicky commented on June 4, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Evil, making money out of animals and not letting them live Iowa they should

  • ann boyce commented on June 4, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    You just cant trust any human

  • Tatiana commented on June 4, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Please Don´t continue this abuse, animals feels like us, They need respect!! Stop this cruelty with the Tigers!!

  • gay johnson commented on June 5, 2016 at 2:08 am

    This announcement made my day and I’m glad that people’s voices are being heard. The war on animal abuse is long and hard but this is a battle won! More and more battles are being won and this fuels the fire for more people to join in the fight….One battle at a time, life will improve for all animals…

  • Melanie mackay commented on June 5, 2016 at 7:36 am

    So good to see some good news in this world of abuse

  • pam turner commented on June 5, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Good job done there for those poor not people realize how these poor creatures have to live for their entertainment.

  • Ann Greenfield commented on June 5, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    The parks play on people’s desires to see the sealife or the wild animals, but they are showing no consideration to anyone but themselves and how rich they are getting. The poor animals are suffering terribly, some more than others admittedly, but they should all be left alone with their families in their natural habitat. Let us see films of how they are meant to live. But those evil poachers should be shot themselves.

  • jennifer guy commented on June 5, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    if you use any animal-for a selfie,for entertainment-YOU promote cruelty.

  • Rochele Suri commented on June 6, 2016 at 8:10 am

    This is very sad and depressing.

  • SONJA STRACK commented on June 6, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Please stop the use of wild animals for human pleasure!

  • Gillian Keelty commented on June 6, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Absolutely shocking. Facilities should be closed and tigers placed in safe sanctuary. Perpetrators punished.

  • Penelope commented on June 6, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I would like to thank you all for the amazing work that you all do. We shouldn’t have to save animals as they should be safe but of course, aren’t. It just seems to go on and on, in spite of all that so many do to try and protect the beautiful animals on land, in sea and air. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making a difference.

  • Richard Hofman commented on June 7, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Why not display the people-idiots instead of the poor animals?
    Any animals don’t need us, but we need animals so do respect them!!!!

  • Claudia Rivera commented on June 7, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I hope the monks will be prosecuted for the crimes for abuse and illegal breeding.

  • Clair Hart commented on June 8, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Thankyou to the amazing people who made it possible for these beautiful majestic Tigers to be removed from this hell hole. I still can’t believe it was Buddhist monks doing this. The religion is all about love, tolerance, vegetarianism and having no possessions. I’m saddened by this blatant contradiction and beyond angry at the abuse inflicted upon such an endangered species. I hope they now get the care and respect they deserve. Well done.

    • kayleigh commented on September 21, 2016 at 7:49 am

      if tiger temples a hell hole then there are no words that describe the new enclosures they are in but put it this way they are so bad some have died.. so yeah well done…

  • Cathy commented on June 8, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    This is beyond cruel!!!!!!!! All zoos should be closed and let animals be free where ther Suppost to be not entertainment!!!!!!!

  • liz cartwright commented on June 9, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    thank go for that ive never seen such cruelty.

  • Richard Hofman commented on June 13, 2016 at 1:20 am

    The people are more animals than the animals themself then no wonder that we can see such cruelty towards to them!

  • rosalyn Bushby commented on June 17, 2016 at 12:11 am

    I’m so pleased we are getting there slowly we keep protesting and fighting for animal and human rights and we will get through the barriers of abuse some things draw me to rears with the pain and suffering they endure we have to keep fighting to let animals and fish like orca get free and live a happy and contextual life that they deserve Please carry on with the protests and we will Chang ed the world for the animal and human rights of the country’s issues

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