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Thailand’s animal tourism under scrutiny after Tiger Temple raid

General June 9, 2016

Dead tiger cubs are displayed by Thai officials after they were found in a raid on the controversial Tiger Temple, in KanchanaburiBy Patpicha Tanakasempipat BANGKOK (Reuters) – From selfies with tigers to elephant rides and orangutan boxing, Thailand offers tourists an array of attractions that animal rights activists say are cruel and should be shut down. Wildlife officials discovered scores of dead tiger cubs while rescuing 137 tigers from a Buddhist temple last week, raising fears that other tourist attractions could be fronts for animal trafficking. The Tiger Temple was "just the tip of the iceberg", said Jan Schmidt-Burbach, a Bangkok-based adviser at World Animal Protection.


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