Thailand Tiger Temple To Face Charges Over Dead Cubs

Thursday, 02 June 2016 - 14:44

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Wildlife authorities in Thailand have said they will press charges against a Buddhist temple where the bodies of 40 dead tiger cubs were found.

The discovery came during a week-long effort to relocate 137 tigers from the tourist site in Kanchanaburi province.

The "Tiger Temple" operators have been accused of wildlife trafficking, animal abuse and illegally possessing carcasses and endangered species.

They deny all allegations and resisted previous attempts to remove the tigers.

The tiger cub corpses were found in a freezer at the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua temple complex on Wednesday, along with body parts from other animals.

The temple has previously said it decided in 2010 to stop cremating cubs which died soon after birth. It has always denied trafficking allegations.

Authorities started the operation to remove all 137 living tigers from the temple on Monday. Dozens have already been removed.

The site, west of Bangkok, is a popular tourist attraction, with visitors able to post for photos with the animals for a fee.

It has been closed to the public since the raid.

Animal activists and former workers have claimed the tigers are mistreated and kept in small concrete cages.



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