Monday, November 17, 2008

Tiger Temple

I got an email today, no doubt it is doing the rounds, so there is a good chance you have received it too.

Apparently there is a tiger temple in Thailand were you can as pictured pat the rather relaxed tigers. I now have a reason to travel!

This little tiger rolls onto her back awaiting the first tourist of the day.

Oh and the Uni thing, it was a g-gl-glitch in the system, they are resending me another letter!


Jane said...

Katisha, please don't make the Tiger Temple your reason for travelling:

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:

This issue has widespread media coverage:

CWI's press release - "Illegal tiger trade, cruelty and human health hazards at famous tourist destination":

"Black market tigers linked to Thai Temple, Reports says"
National Geographic News, 20 June 2008:

There are many more ethical, authentic experiences to seek out in Thailand - don't spoil your trip by supporting illegal wildlife trade and cruelty.

Katisha Honi said...

Hi Jane,

Thankyou for your comments, to be honest I had no idea that Temple had been in the news for the miss treatment of the tigers :( As I said it was just an email I received. I will go and have a look at the web pages you recomended.


Jane said...

Hi Katisha,

Thanks for replying to my comment - I'm glad you've taken the time to research the Tiger Temple. So many people want to just 'go and see for themselves', unaware that they're supporting cruelty.

Happy New Year, and best of luck for 2009 x