40 Little Tiger Puppies Found Dead In A Freezer, Inhumanity Continues
01 Jun 2016
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After all the stories we hear on dog cruelty, it breaks my heart to report that inhumanity doesn't end here. What could possibly defend the actions of such people who sadly use tiger parts for their own gain.
'A reporter from the Khaosod news website said he had seen animal intestines in containers, a dead boar and other animal parts.'
At least 40 dead tiger cubs, a dead bear and various animal horns have been found by wildlife officials on the grounds of Thailand's Tiger Temple west of Bangkok, Thai officials say.
In a statement, the temple said the mortality rate for tiger cubs at the temple was "comparatively low" and that it used to cremate dead cubs but a vet changed the policy in 2010 "probably to keep as proof against the allegations of selling cubs".
The bodies of the cubs and bear were found stored in the freezer where the temple kept food for the tigers, Adisorn Nuchdamrong, deputy director-general of the wildlife department, said on Wednesday.
"The temple never registered these dead cubs, they are illegal," he said.
Police Colonel Bandith Meungsukhum told AFP news agency that wildlife officials would file new criminal charges after the discovery, and added that the cubs were just one or two days old when they died.
He said it was not yet clear how long they had been dead.
The dead cubs "must be of some value for the temple", Adisorn Nuchdamrong, from Thailand's Department of National Parks, told Reuters news agency. "But for what is beyond me."
Tiger bones and body parts are used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Monks at the temple were not available for comment but have previously denied trafficking allegations.
Dozens of living tigers have already been removed, out of 137 at the temple. The 1,000-strong police operation is due to continue all week.
Some workers and volunteers at the temple spoke out against the operation.
But the World Wildlife Fund welcomed the news and called on the Thai government to prohibit the temple from keeping tigers in future.
Since 2001, authorities have been locked in a battle with the monks at the temple to confiscate the tigers after allegations of wildlife trafficking and abuse surfaced.
The monks deny any wrongdoing.
The temple, officially known as Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, has been a stop on many tourists' itineraries for decades. Visitors could pose for photographs with the tigers or help with their exercise routine.
But animal rights campaigners have long campaigned to close it down.
Peta said animals there are "imprisoned and denied everything that is important to them".
Info Source: BBC