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On June 2, 2016, Thai authorities raided Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yanasampanno, a Buddhist temple also known simply as the Tiger Temple. There, in a temple freezer, they made a shocking discovery.

40 dead tiger cubs.

These discoveries confirmed that the tourist attraction was actually a front for rampant animal abuse.

The list of organizations opposing the Tiger Temple is long, and their complaints widespread. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) prohibits the commercial breeding of tigers. The temple lacks accredited conservation breeding programs and proper facilities to humanely house these animals. It has engaged in unauthorized trade of tigers with Laos.

And now, animal trafficking must be added to their list of crimes.

In the wake of the discovery of the deceased tiger cubs and parts, all 137 tigers held by the Tiger Temple were removed from the premises. But the loss of the tigers is estimated to cost the temple $3 million each year in ticket sales to unsuspecting tourists.

Now the Temple is fighting back. In 2015, the temple created a company called Tiger Temple Company Ltd., applied for, and was granted a zoo license. This license would permit the company to buy back the seized tigers and legally breed them. Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has stated that because no one from the new company has been convicted of a serious crime, there was no legal justification to reject the application.

But the Tiger Temple's legacy of abuse and trafficking cannot be ignored. Tell Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation that Tiger Temple Company Ltd.'s zoo license must be revoked and that the temple's 137 seized tigers should instead live out their lives in a sanctuary free from those who would treat these beautiful cats as entertainment or commodities!

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To the Thailand Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation; CITES Thailand; and the Prime Minister of Thailand,

I am writing to ask your collaboration in revoking the zoo license for Tiger Temple Company Ltd. While no one in the company has yet been charged with the abuse or trafficking of tigers, the ties to the original Tiger Temple, where abuse and trafficking have been rampant, are undeniable.

To sell the tigers bravely seized during your raid on the Temple would condemn these endangered animals to generations of potential abuse and trafficking. Tigers are neither for entertainment nor profit. They are not commodities or livestock. They are majestic, wild animals.

The Thai government has already taken the first step in protecting these tigers by removing them from the Tiger Temple. Now, their fates rest in your hands.

Please, continue your legacy of fighting for tiger welfare by revoking Tiger Temple Company Ltd.'s zoo license and ensuring that the Temple's tigers live out the rest of their days in a sanctuary free from those who would treat these beautiful cats as entertainment or commodities!

Signed,

Petition Signatures


Oct 21, 2017 Carole Osborn
Oct 21, 2017 bobbette bross
Oct 20, 2017 siska juliana
Oct 20, 2017 Angi Beckett No religion should be harming animals
Oct 20, 2017 Donna Roberts
Oct 20, 2017 Monica Preis
Oct 20, 2017 wendy woodward
Oct 20, 2017 Sharon Cohen
Oct 20, 2017 C. Scott
Oct 19, 2017 colonel meyer
Oct 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 19, 2017 Patti Wolff
Oct 19, 2017 Karen Daley I'd like to fight for the tigers! Get the "temple" OUT of the breeding business and never allowed to own animals EVER AGAIN!!
Oct 19, 2017 Kat R
Oct 19, 2017 Deborah Croft
Oct 19, 2017 robert swift
Oct 19, 2017 Alexandre Pereira
Oct 19, 2017 Gina Arens
Oct 19, 2017 Kelly Bonin
Oct 19, 2017 Bonnie Shelley
Oct 19, 2017 Heidi Ansell
Oct 19, 2017 Beth Reimel
Oct 19, 2017 Susan Nieto
Oct 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2017 Susanna Pohto
Oct 17, 2017 toni DANIELSON
Oct 16, 2017 Barbara Sessions
Oct 16, 2017 Barbara Turner
Oct 16, 2017 Sheila Massoni
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Oct 14, 2017 susan munro
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 12, 2017 Gigi Middlebrook This horrible place does not jibe with my thoughts of Buddhists.
Oct 12, 2017 andree luron
Oct 12, 2017 diane Lewis Why?
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 12, 2017 Bonnie Svec
Oct 12, 2017 Haley Svec
Oct 11, 2017 paula nichols
Oct 11, 2017 Yuriy Trubitsyn
Oct 11, 2017 GIGI LIEBENTHAL
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Oct 10, 2017 Nicola Marsden
Oct 10, 2017 Jean Galati
Oct 10, 2017 Debra Hammon
Oct 10, 2017 Alison Roe
Oct 10, 2017 Laura Prohaska
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