40 tiger cub bodies found in Thai temple freezer

(From dpa)

At least 40 dead tiger cubs, a dead bear and various animal horns were found by wildlife officials Wednesday on the grounds of Thailand’s Tiger Temple.

Wildlife officials use a tunnel of cages to capture a tiger and remove it from an enclosure in a temple in western Thailand on May 30

Wildlife officials use a tunnel of cages to capture a tiger and remove it from an enclosure in a Buddhist temple in western Thailand on May 30

The bodies of the cubs and bear were found stored in the freezer where the temple kept food for the tigers, according to Adisorn Nuchdamrong, deputy director-general of the wildlife department.

“The temple never registered these dead cubs, they are illegal,” he said.

The discovery of dead animals proves that Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yanasampanno, popularly known as Tiger Temple, has been engaged in illegal breeding and smuggling activities, said Edwin Wiek, head of the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand.

“Under the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) treaty, no wildlife farm or sanctuary can engage in the breeding of protected species,” Wiek said. Read More



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