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The Plight of the Tigers in Tiger Temple

Posted by
shoti (somewhere in, China) on 14 April 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

"The tigers are poorly housed and badly maltreated to make them compliant and perform for visitors."
-Tiger Temple Truths (click the name for more information)

Warning: In the past, reports from Tiger Temple volunteer workers released that the tigers where maltreated and abused by the Abbot of the temple and his staff. A shortly released report from the British conservation group Care for the Wild International (CWI) reveals disturbing evidence of animal abuse and illegal tiger trafficking at the temple. Also, when you take a "special" photo with the Tigers, they seem incredibly drowsy, as if they've been drugged, however, drugging any animal everyday would surely kill it, and a drugged tiger would not be moving at all, plus it would also look like it was dying. The easiest way to explain these tigers' docile behaviour is that not only have they been hand-raised by the staff and monks since birth, technically speaking they have been conditioned (think Pavlovs' dogs) to go and sleep in the canyon everyday as part of their routine. Tigers are also nocturnal, and sleep 16-18 hours per day, plus they are fed 4kg of food before being brought into the canyon during the hottest part of the day (1pm - 3:30pm). So there you have it. No sedation, just strict routine. They are still tigers though, so if you don't follow the instructions you are given, you put yourself and others at risk.

When we were there, the tigers were indeed very drowsy. I've read about it in wikitravel so I thought it was just that the tigers love sleeping too much. But after reading some things in Tiger Temple Truths, I've started to think otherwise. I've read that the tigers were caned if they don't follow or get aggressive. Indeed, I've seen some strange marks in one of the tigers but we didn't paid much attention to it, my brother said it was just the other tiger's tail mark (of course that was just a joke).. Looking back, that tiger might've been caned by the staff or 'monks' there.. sad

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catherine from quelque part en france, France

beautiful capture , the same wonderful light and colors from the previous picture !

14 Apr 2010 5:36am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

nice shot... love the tiger

14 Apr 2010 6:36am

k@ from Paris, France

The one who protects, the one who can sleep quietly. A couple, (beautiful) tigers or not, that's touching attitude...

14 Apr 2010 6:50am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

A true marvel, a splendid shot of this beautiful animal. Good day.

14 Apr 2010 7:35am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

good capture!

14 Apr 2010 7:55am

Mirza Ahmad from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nice documentation.

14 Apr 2010 8:27am

Elodie from PONTORSON, France

Beautiful big cats

14 Apr 2010 10:09am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

beautiful animals and beautiful capture ! perfect DOF and superb colors !

14 Apr 2010 11:29am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superb animals and great capture!

14 Apr 2010 11:44am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A very beautiful capture of this couple of beautiful tiger, like their different attitude. Warm Colors and light are really very pleasant.

14 Apr 2010 5:37pm

LoulouPix from New York, United States

Very nice picture.
Love the expressions of the 2 tigers.
Great catch

14 Apr 2010 8:57pm

amirreza from tehran, Iran

nice shot

15 Apr 2010 3:17pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente captura y documentación, buen trabajo!!

16 Apr 2010 6:45pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful image quality . great colors .

20 Apr 2010 2:32pm

1/1600 second
ISO 100
85 mm