Wildlife officials relocating its 137 tigers, mostly Bengal tigers, amid charges of illegal trafficking, animal mistreatment by temple authorities.

Thailand may close down its famed Tiger Temple, popular among Indian and foreign tourists, as wildlife officials have started relocating its 137 tigers, mostly Bengal tigers, amid allegations of illegal trafficking and animal mistreatment by temple authorities.

In the first batch, more than 100 tigers will be taken away from Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno, popularly known as the Tiger Temple, said the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

“We found 40 tiger cubs today, they were aged about one or two days when they died but we don’t quite know yet how long they have been dead,” police colonel Bandith Meungsukhum told AFP.

He said a fresh criminal complaint would now be filed against the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua temple, in the western province of Kanchanaburi.

It remains unclear why the dead cubs were being stored in the temple, though tiger bones and body parts are frequently used in traditional Chinese medicine.

But a worker at the temple told the Telegraph that they were merely following the instructions of a vet.

  1. Do you agree Tiger temple should be shut down why?
  2. What is your opinion about animal poaching?
  3. Would you visit a place like Tiger Temple if you went for a holiday to Thailand?
  4. What are your thoughts on this newspaper headline: Buddhist monk caught trying to flee with animal teeth and skins (This was at Tiger Temple when authorities raided the site).