Friday, December 19, 2008

Thai-Light-Zone: The Tiger Temple


As the story goes, someone long ago left a sick tiger cub with these monks out in Kachanaburi or Tak somewhere in the west end of Thailand, near Burma. Then the whole thing got out of control. More people brought more tigers; the tigers did what came naturally. They've got like thirty tigers now. The temple is near the River Kwai, what Farang call the River Kwai, the real name of the river is different, it escapes me right now, maybe the Mae Klong. (Kwai means "side channel")
I'll leave it to you to look up the whole story. I read it on Huffington Post, I'm sure googling "tiger monk thailand" would do it. There's lots more pictures.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow you got really close to that tiger dad!

fred c said...

Oh! No I di'nt! I copied the picture from the Newspaper article.

Jane said...

With regards to the notorious Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, Thailand:
Following repeated complaints from tourists and volunteers working at the temple about tigers being shockingly mistreated there, Care for the Wild International (CWI) undertook an intensive two year investigation. The resulting CWI report reveals illegal wildlife trade, animal cruelty, false conservation claims and visitor safety risks at the Temple.

You can read the report at: http://www.careforthewild.com/projects.asp?detail=true&I_ID=580&mypage=Reports

You can view the letter sent by the International Tiger Coalition to the Thai authorities protesting about the Tiger Temple here:

http://www.careforthewild.com/files/itc_letter_oct_08.pdf

This issue has widespread media coverage:

CWI's press release - "Illegal tiger trade, cruelty and human health hazards at famous tourist destination":
http://www.careforthewild.com/files/tt_news_release%2020-06-08.pdf

"Black market tigers linked to Thai Temple, Reports says"
National Geographic News, 20 June 2008:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/06/080620-tiger-temple.html