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Big cats removed from Thailand’s infamous Tiger Temple

General May 30, 2016

A tiger yawns before the officials start moving them from Thailand's controversial Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi provinceBy Patpicha Tanakasempipat KANCHANABURI, Thailand (Reuters) – Wildlife authorities in Thailand on Monday raided a Buddhist temple where tigers are kept, taking away three of the animals and vowing to confiscate scores more in response to global pressure over wildlife trafficking. The Buddhist temple in Kanchanaburi province west of Bangkok has more than 100 tigers and has become a tourist destination where visitors take selfies with tigers and bottle-feed their cubs. The temple promotes itself as a wildlife sanctuary, but in recent years it has been investigated for suspected links to wildlife trafficking and animal abuse.

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