Target: Head of the National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation’s Department, Nipon Chotiban
Goal: Celebrate the closure of Tiger Temple, retiring tigers and exotic animals to sanctuaries.
After raiding the controversial and popular Tiger Temple, head of the National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation Department, Nipon Chotiban announced that the 147 tigers kept in this facility will be handed over to sanctuaries or be seized by the government. It’s believed that this temple has also been used as a way to smuggle in illegal animals, and has been accused of abusing tigers and other exotic animals. Hopefully, these tigers can be placed in better homes where they won’t be chained. Force Change recently covered this topic, and we are relieved to know that these tigers will get to experience what life is like outside of chains. Sign this petition and thank Nipon Chotiban for saving the lives of these tigers.
Tiger Temple, which is a tourist destination just outside of Bangkok, is run by Buddhist monks who hand raise tiger cubs to show to the public. Tourists are encouraged to come in, take pictures of the tigers, and even touch them. These tigers however, remain chained up due to safety concerns. Tourists and animal activists have become increasingly concerned with the welfare of these tigers, prompting the National Parks department to investigate. While the results of the raid were not announced to the public, the Wildlife Conservation Office did say that Tiger Temple did not house the proper cages or other equipment necessary to take care of these tigers.
Many humane animal welfare organizations believe that big cats should not be touched or held by humans, as this promotes the misguided notion that all exotic animals can be kept as pets. Big cats are dangerous. They require lots of exercise and space, and are not like house cats. While sanctuaries exist to take care of these cats in captivity, it requires a vast amount of money and effort. Tiger Temple did not offer these cats such things, and thus the temple is being shut down. Sign this petition to praise Nipon Chotiban and his department for ending this cruelty.
Dear Nipon Chotiban,
I am relieved to hear that the controversial Tiger Temple has been forced to shut down. This facility is not humane in any way, as these tigers are forced to be touched and photographed by tourists, instead of spending their time in a natural habitat. These animals were routinely chained up and taken care of by Buddhist monks. This kind of captivity is not ethical, and I am glad that your department is sending them to a sanctuary.
I hope that all of these tigers will be sent to good homes, where they are able to roam in a humane area without the use of chains or collars. I also hope that those who participated in the illegal wild life are caught and dealt with. There are so few tigers out in the wild, and we need to make sure that those that are born in the wild stay there. Thank you for your work in saving these tigers.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: MichaelJanich via Wikimedia Commons