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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


May 22, 2018 J Phillips
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Julia French
May 21, 2018 Marjan van Essen
May 21, 2018 Carole Johnson
May 21, 2018 Petra Stadtmueller
May 21, 2018 Elva Munro
May 20, 2018 sarah weisberg
May 20, 2018 alina stan
May 20, 2018 ki paul
May 20, 2018 Donald Merrell
May 20, 2018 Melissa Lewis
May 20, 2018 karen wood
May 20, 2018 Cathy Fuller Tigers are endangered species and if these people are just breeding them to kill them then there is a crime and they should be free to live in a sanctuary killing any wildlife animal is horrendous
May 20, 2018 alan harper
May 20, 2018 Judy Lim
May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Judith Watson
May 19, 2018 Julieanne Pogue This is unconscionable! Inhumane, cruel, and sadistic. It must stop...and the perpetrators should never again be allowed access to animals!
May 19, 2018 Melissa Callaghan
May 19, 2018 Reidun Carstens
May 19, 2018 Rebecca Lee
May 19, 2018 Jill Banta
May 18, 2018 Julie Wild
May 18, 2018 Karen Myers
May 18, 2018 Susan Diller
May 18, 2018 Andres Heljula
May 18, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 18, 2018 Fiona Dickinson
May 18, 2018 Kelly Shanks
May 18, 2018 Wayne Brummer
May 18, 2018 Jaci Taylor
May 18, 2018 Maria Ann Correale Revoke their license now!!!
May 18, 2018 Linda Walker
May 18, 2018 Wendy Chrisman
May 18, 2018 Katie Neyens
May 18, 2018 Lynn Walker
May 18, 2018 Priscilla Tine'
May 18, 2018 Juanne Nowak
May 18, 2018 Bradley Couchman
May 18, 2018 Kellie Miller
May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 18, 2018 Lorna Soto
May 17, 2018 June Avignon
May 17, 2018 Megan Burkholder
May 17, 2018 Rodney Kolar
May 17, 2018 Cristina Carvalho
May 17, 2018 Michele Meyers
May 16, 2018 Linda York This make me sick and ashamed of the humane race. When will the exploitation and death of helpless animals end??
May 16, 2018 Viktoriya Chukhnina

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