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Illegal Tiger Trafficking and Animal Cruelty at the Tiger Temple at Thailand
Wednesday. 6.25.08 12:23 pm

A report released on the 20th June reveals disturbing evidence of animal abuse and illegal tiger trafficking at one of Thailand’s premier tourist destinations.

The report follows a two year investigation into the conduct of staff at Thailand’s Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi. Up to 300 international tourists visit this facility each day, but boosted by the worldwide broadcast of a documentary on Animal Planet, numbers reach almost 900 on busy days.

CWI’s Chief Executive Dr Barbara Maas says, "The Temple's popularity is based around claims that its tigers were rescued from poachers and move freely and peacefully amongst the temple's monks, who are actively engaged in conservation work. But this utopian façade hides a sinister reality of unbridled violence and illegal trafficking of tigers between Thailand and Laos."

Approximately 15 tigers live at Temple at any one time. Poor housing, husbandry and cruel handling are systemic throughout the facility. Far from being allowed to roam free, tigers are confined for 20 hours a day away from public view in small, barren concrete cages, measuring 31.5 m2 to 37.3 m2. This falls short of the published minimum of 500m2 for a pair or a mother and her cubs. Staff also routinely beat adult tigers and cubs with poles and metal rods.

As a result, the tigers suffer a catalogue of behavioural and physical problems, including lameness, skeletal deformities and stereotypic behaviour, such as pacing and self-mutilation. These complaints are further exacerbated by malnutrition and poor veterinary care.

CWI’s Southeast Asia Director, Guna Subramaniam says, "Interacting closely with live tigers is the chief attraction that draws tourists to the Temple. Each day between 1pm and 4pm some ten tigers are chained up in the Temple’s ‘Tiger Canyon’, where paying visitors, including young children, can touch, sit or lie on the animals' front or back. For a further fee they can also have their photograph taken. Staff prop up the tigers with heavy concrete bowls to oblige them to adopt and maintain appealing poses. Tigers are also pulled into position by their tail and sometimes punched, kicked or beaten to make them compliant. Temple staff tower over the animals and control them by squirting urine into their faces from a bottle. In the wild, tigers use urine as a territorial or aggressive signal. Sprayed by staff at close quarters is extremely aggressive."

A Thai wildlife trader claims to have sold the Temple its first tigers. CWI also obtained evidence that, rather than rescue orphaned tiger cubs, the Temple operates as an illegal breeding facility and is involved in the clandestine exchange of tigers with the owner of a tiger farm in Laos. Tiger Temple sources told CWI that a minimum of seven tigers listed in the Temple’s 2005 and 2007 brochures disappeared, while at least five individuals appeared without explanation. “It is mostly older animals that were sent to Laos in exchange for young cubs,” says Dr Maas. “No one knows what happened to them there. These actions contravene both local and international laws under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).

"Some of the new tigers were given the same names as animals who had been exported to Laos to obscure the fact that tigers are being moved in and out, and to perpetuate the impression that the Temple provides rescued tigers with life-long care."

The Temple claims to breed tigers for conservation. It does not have a breeding license, but at least ten cubs were born there. With no information about the tigers’ subspecies, most if not all offspring are likely to be hybrids. For this reason alone the Temple’s tigers are unsuitable for inclusion in a recognised conservation breeding programmes. Another concern is that the release of tigers that are used to human proximity is dangerous and potentially fatal for humans, livestock and the tigers, and so is almost never viable.

CWI’s report also raises concerns about visitor safety. There are numerous well-documented and even fatal attacks on humans by ‘trained’ and apparently mild-mannered captive wild cats, including during photo sessions. However, Temple staff fail to prevent direct contact even when the tigers are aggressive.

When asked why tourists don’t get bitten, the Abbot replied: “They want to bite. One day they will bite.” The Temple explicitly renounces any responsibility for injuries and asks visitors to sign a disclaimer at the entrance.

“There is no doubt that the tourists who visit the Tiger Temple from Britain, Europe and the US do so because they are fond of tigers,” says Dr Maas. “But unlike these visitors who part with their cash under the misconception that it will benefit the Temple’s animals and help protect wild tigers, the tigers can’t leave.

"CWI is alarmed about the animal welfare problems, false conservation claims, furtive cross-border movements of tigers, and acute risks to visitor safety at the Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple, which is nothing but a sordid theme park that betrays one of the most imperilled species on earth."

“CWI met with the Temple’s Abbot to discuss these problems and work towards a solution. However, the Abbot was reluctant to negotiate and showed no interest in reform,” said CWI’s Guna Subramaniam.

CWI recommends that Thailand’s Department of National Parks confiscates the Temple’s illegally held tigers and transfers them to a sanctuary facility, where the animals can be accommodated and cared for appropriately. CWI has identified a suitable facility in Thailand and is offering its full support for this operation.

Why everytime I checked my email, sometime depressing will pop infront of me? The place that i wanted to visit the most, because i believe on what the documentary told me had now shattered into pieces.... i once felt so happy, respect towards the temple no longer in my respect... the dirty jobs that they had done really make me pissed...

cruelly treating Tigers... and aclaim that the tigers were rescue from poachers were all lies.... only lies....... Sigh....

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Sign the Elephant Petition ... please..
Friday. 5.16.08 7:17 am
Dear Readers,

Four elephants died a brutal death when they were hit by a speeding train in Kurumbanpalayam near Madukkarai, in the Coimbatore Forest division. Two tuskers, one pregnant female and a calf were hit and killed on the spot. The impact was so powerful that four bogies of the train were instantly derailed! One of the tuskers was then dragged for another 250 meters, the remains of which were hardly recognizable. The mishap took place in the early hours of the morning at 1.30 AM on 4 February 2008. The train was traveling at speeds in excess of 135 Kmph, which is way above the norm in India.....

It only take a few minutes to sign the petition... each name count..., the goal is to achieve 1001 signature... and now they have around 650+ signature... please help *bow*

Click here to sign the petition....

Billions of thank you from me, the wild life and everyone that trying to make this petition to success... :D

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Elephants, rhinos and tigers butchered - The end of the world is nigh?
Monday. 5.12.08 10:39 am
Dear Readers,

Source: Wild Life Extra
In the last few days, we have received reports that poachers have killed 17 elephants in the Virunga National Park in the Congo, at least 6 tigers in Nepal's Chitwan National Park and 6 rhinos in northern India and Nepal. Additionally a Greenpeace ship has confronted an Italian trawler illegally fishing with 10 kilometres of driftnets and an investigation in a market in Thailand discovered highly endangered species of tortoises and turtles openly being sold.

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sigh each sentences i read.... make my heartache.... especially the pictures attach...

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Malaysian palm oil struggles to promote 'green' image
Thursday. 5.8.08 12:16 am
Dear Readers,

Source: AFP

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia (AFP) — Malaysia is promoting its controversial palm oil industry as a model of eco-friendliness, but activists warn forests are still being destroyed to make way for vast plantations.

As palm oil prices boom, Malaysia has mounted a campaign to counter allegations that the crop is responsible for habitat destruction, air pollution from slash-and-burn farming, and pushing orangutans towards extinction.

It insists palm oil is only grown on legal agricultural land and that criticisms are an attempt by competitors in Europe and the United States to undermine growing demand for the commodity.

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sigh, now it make me feel so bad :(, if i know that it involve Orang Utan... i will never consider it.... sigh....

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Tiger - Spy in the Jungle
Monday. 5.5.08 12:30 am
Dear Readers,

Few weeks back, i happened to come across online msn video showing how the latest *intelligent group* uses elephant to be the spy of the jungle...

never seen before close up of tigers and the cubs gave more inside to us. :D

click here to watch part of the video... guaranteed eyes catching.

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Blueprint ready for critical wildlife habitats
Monday. 10.1.07 10:39 pm

Source:The Times of India
Nitin Sethi
29 Sep 2007

NEW DELHI: A blueprint to create inviolate critical wildlife habitats (CWHs) across the country has been finalised by the environment and forests ministry. Unlike the existing protected areas — national parks and sanctuaries — the ministry has suggested a set of guidelines based on scientific criteria to establish the habitats.

This is an important step to provide an exclusive space to wildlife when the Forest Rights Act gets operationalised. Under the Act, which is meant to formally recognise rights of forest dwellers, only areas declared as CWHs can be granted inviolate status — sans human presence. Even existing protected areas will have to be re-evaluated under these norms to declare them inviolate if they fall within the set criteria.

Priority has been given to tiger-bearing forests. Within 30 days of the notification of guidelines and formation of state level committees, all regions with a breeding tiger density would be demarcated. The ministry, in consultation with chief wildlife wardens and experts at Wildlife Institute of India, has suggested that for every 20 breeding tigresses, an area of 800-1,000 sq km be maintained as inviolate.

This, the ministry believes, would help maintain an overall population of 70-100 tigers maintainable in the patch along with surrounding buffer areas (where multiple land use is allowed with some regulation on industrial and other activities). Where such large areas cannot be declared inviolate, the attempt shall be to connect small CWHs with bigger ones by blocking connecting land corridors and declaring them inviolate as well. This will ensure the genetic viability and robustness of smaller tiger populations. Only in exceptional cases — where there is not sufficient land to declare as inviolate — shall such inviolate areas be maintained in isolation.

At present, there are 28 tiger reserves (with another eight proposed) and 604 national parks and sanctuaries covering about 24% of the forest area and 4.74% of the total geographic area of the country.

For non-tiger bearing parks and sanctuaries, the ecological space required by other key species — top meat eaters, large-sized herbivores, economically important species, endangered species or migratory animals — will be used to measure how much space should be declared as inviolate.

The CWHs for tigers will be identified by a central committee comprising chief wildlife wardens of states concerned, the director and two scientists of the wildlife institute, field directors of existing tiger reserves, representative of the tribal affairs ministry, a wildlife scientist familiar with the area and the member secretary of the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

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