Success: Tigers Scheduled to be Rescued

Tiger Temple

Target: Nipon Chotiban, Director General of Thailand’s Department of National Parks

Goal: Thank Thailand authorities for rescuing and rehoming abused tigers.

It will not be too much longer that Buddhists monks will be able to keep tigers’ on tight chains, ride them like horses, play with them like dogs, or force them to take pictures with tourists. Thanks to Director Nipon Chotiban and other Department of National Park (DNP) members, as well as ForceChange’s petition and its backers, all 146 tigers are scheduled to be rescued by the end of the month.

Tigers will be relocated to either a shelter in Ratchaburi, Kaho Prathap Chang or to a shelter in Khao Son. Currently, preparations are underway to make the tigers’ new temporary homes as comfortable as possible. While authorities are not yet sure where these tigers will permanently live, the fact that they are being seized from their current location is definitely a victory.

Sign this petition to thank members of the ForceChange community, other animal rights groups and especially Mr. Chotiban and other DNP employees for realizing that immediate action needs to be taken if these tigers are going to live out the rest of their lives in peace. While rescuing these tigers is only one step forward, it is certainly a huge step, indeed.


Dear Mr. Chotiban,

Tigers at the Tiger Temple have dealt with tons of abuse for the last several years. It is therefore with profound gratitude that we thank you for making the decision to rescue these animals.

While the animal rights community realizes that finding permanent homes for the tigers will not be easy, we are happy to learn that they will soon have much more freedom in one of the two shelters where they will be temporarily living.

It is our hopes that these tigers will be rehomed in either reputable zoos or sanctuaries. We also hope that these institutions will educate the public about why tigers need space to roam, and why it is important that we protect these beautiful creatures in the wild. While we sadly realize that the tigers from the Tiger Temple were never able to learn proper hunting skills in order to survive on their own, we hope that people will learn from this horrible situation. We further hope that the tragic story of these tigers will raise awareness and get more people involved with the fight to find justice for all animals.

Again, we express our heartfelt thanks for your compassion, and we look forward to learning more about the great new homes these beautiful animals will soon get to call their own. Thank you again and please know that we fully support your decision.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Nick Hubbard via Wikimedia Commons

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One Comment

  1. Jill Scott says:

    Now is the time to ban US citizens from keeping tigers in their backyards too.

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