Published on : Wednesday, June 1, 2016
The infamous Thai Tiger Temple is determined to remain in news with a chain of controversies. It was just yesterday, when Kanchanaburi temple made it to the news as 137 tigers were confiscated from them on 30th May, Monday. This time, skeletons came out of their closet, well almost literally. 40 carcasses of tiger cubs and several other body parts of dead tigers were found from the freezer of the Buddhist temple in Bangkok on Tuesday 31st May.
A raid was conducted on 30th May, after a long tug of war between the temple authority and Thai Wildlife Conservation authorities since 2001, to bring the tigers under state’s control.
The temple is a famous attraction for tourists, where they used to feed tiger cubs from bottles and clicked pictures with them. But none of the tourists might have guessed that the baby tigers are butchered and kept in the same temple’s freezer afterwards! The temple authority used to charge tourists to stroll among the tigers, but none of the tigers shown any sign which depicted that the monks were using the money for their well-being.
Traditional Chinese medicines contains tiger body parts, and Thailand is famous for being the hub for wildlife trafficking. A temple can serve as the smartest decoy to hide all the darkness and horror related to trafficking.
Adisorn Nuchdamrong, the deputy director-general of the Department of National Parks stated that the tiger carcasses were found inside a kitchen freezer of the temple. He added, “They must be of some value for the temple to keep them, but for what is beyond me.”
As per the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals group, the temple can be termed as “hell for animals.” They also urged the tourists to stop visiting these degrading animal attractions, all around the world. None of the monks came forward to give any statement.