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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!


Petition Signatures

Dec 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2017 Meher Behrana
Dec 12, 2017 Kathy Smith
Dec 11, 2017 Corinne Shawgo
Dec 9, 2017 Irene Gratacos
Dec 6, 2017 Nico Dabajo
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Dec 3, 2017 Eileen Kulp
Dec 1, 2017 Frank Catania
Nov 30, 2017 Jenni Slaven
Nov 25, 2017 Jacqueline Debold-Thompson
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Martha Swartz Whatever Buddhists have to do with this, I am shocked. I think for them being a kind, loving, gentle people. Now, I am wondering.
Nov 22, 2017 Megan Masters
Nov 21, 2017 Stacy Anderson
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Nov 21, 2017 Janina Grage
Nov 21, 2017 Kathy Sutter
Nov 21, 2017 Rolf Mense
Nov 20, 2017 Penny Fleischman
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Nov 20, 2017 Kat Lang
Nov 19, 2017 aya oda
Nov 19, 2017 Beverly Schwarz
Nov 19, 2017 Barb Wilkin
Nov 18, 2017 Faye Harbottle It may not be buddhists running this show, but it sure doesn't say much for the buddhist religion - i thought that were gentle people and believed in animals protection....too bad this is giving them a bad name....
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Emma Brooks
Nov 18, 2017 Patty Brothag
Nov 17, 2017 Chris Macy
Nov 17, 2017 Sally eagan
Nov 17, 2017 Brandi Binau
Nov 17, 2017 Sharon Brown
Nov 17, 2017 wendy nolan
Nov 17, 2017 Janina Brzezina
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Maria Sergi
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 17, 2017 Lisa Legato
Nov 17, 2017 Andrea Eisenberg
Nov 17, 2017 Kathryn Nathan
Nov 17, 2017 Lisa Kidd Goodman
Nov 16, 2017 Nancy Rooney
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Nov 16, 2017 Jodi Ford
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Nov 16, 2017 Roswitha Marcuzzi
Nov 16, 2017 Janis Ciofalo

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