Thailand: ‘Tiger Temple’ faces charges over dead cubs, more animal products discovered
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Thailand: ‘Tiger Temple’ faces charges over dead cubs, more animal products discovered

WILDLIFE authorities in Thailand were preparing to press charges against the infamous “Tiger Temple” in Kanchanaburi Friday as more endangered animal products were found at the controversial tourist attraction.

After yesterday’s gruesome discovery of 40 dead tiger cubs in the temple kitchen’s freezers, more reports of tiger products and illegally obtained animals have been surfacing as authorities continue transporting 137 tigers to state-owned breeding centers in the Ratchaburi province.

Most recently, Richart Miyer, reporter and anchor at Krungthap Turakij TV, reported that authorities found a number of tiger cubs “pickled” in labelled jars.

Miyer said the temple will be “charged with possession of protected animals without permission”.

Al Jazeera’s senior correspondent, Wayne Hay, also posted a photograph on Twitter of tiger skins and amulets found in a truck that was stopped on its way out of the temple grounds.

According to The Gulf Today, the truck was driven by a monk, who was intercepted by the wildlife authorities. The discovery of the skins will further fuel accusations that the temple willingly participated in illegal trade for profit.

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Separately, Edwin Wiek of the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) reported the discovery of illegally obtained hornbills and a lion found on the temple grounds during the relocation.

As the findings become more and more incriminating, there appears to be little room for the monks and temple administration to escape the law.

The temple operators have always denied any allegations of trafficking, illegal breeding, and mistreatment of the animals, which critics say they have used as “cash cows” to rip off ignorant tourists.

The site was previously a popular tourist attraction, as visitors were able to get up close with the tigers, which appeared to roam around freely, and pose for photographs with the animals.