Target: Adisorn Nuchdamrong, Deputy Director-General of the Department of National Parks, Thailand
Goal: Praise seizure of nearly 40 tigers from temple accused of mistreatment of animals and illegal wildlife trafficking.
Almost 40 tigers have been seized from the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua monastery, a popular tourist attraction in Thailand known as a Tiger Temple. Tourists come from across the world to visit the temple, which has faced several allegations of mistreatment of animals. Thanks to advocacy by animal rights organizations and activists at ForceChange, all of the tigers will be removed and placed in government-run sanctuaries.
Reports allege that the animals are kept in small cement cages for 20 hours per day. They are then removed, chained in open areas with no shade, and forced to pose for photos with tourists. Visitors have said that the tigers seem constantly lethargic, as if they were sedated. Though visitors can feed the tigers, it is reported that they are not fed any red meat — a staple in most big cats’ diets.
While monks claim that they are running an animal sanctuary, ties between the temple and the illegal wildlife trade have been uncovered. An investigation by animal welfare organization Care for the Wild International alleges that the temple has been involved in trades with a tiger farm in Laos, in direct contravention of anti-trafficking laws. The temple has also been accused of breeding tigers without a license and without help from any accredited breeding centers.
Nearly 40 of the animals have been removed, and officials are quickly working to collect the remaining 97 animals. They will all be moved to government-run sanctuaries, where they will be fed properly, allowed to roam outside, and protected from the rampant Thai wildlife trade. Sign the petition below to praise officials for finally removing these animals from the temple.
Dear Mr. Nuchdamrong,
Nearly 40 tigers have been removed from the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Tiger Temple, a cruel zoo that kept tigers locked up for much of the day, removing them only when they were sedated and forced to interact with tourists. The facility has been accused of illegal breeding, wildlife trafficking, and the mistreatment of animals.
These tigers will be placed in government-owned sanctuaries, where they will enjoy a major improvement in quality of life. We, the undersigned, praise you for finally removing the tigers from this controversial temple and ask that you continue to work against the enslavement of these beautiful animals.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Keven Law