30 May '16, 1pm

#Thailand officials resume removal of tigers from controversial temple

KANCHANABURI (AFP) - Thai officials armed with a court order on Monday (May 30) resumed the removal of tigers from a controversial temple which attracts tourists as a petting zoo, but stands accused of selling off the big cats for slaughter. On Monday afternoon, one tiger was tranquilised and carried away on a stretcher, while another was lured into a cage to be relocated from the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua temple, according to an AFP photographer at the scene. Several others were due to be moved later to a nearby reserve, according to officials. The temple in Kanchanaburi province has long proved a hit among visitors who flock there to visit the monks and be photographed - for a fee - next to the scores of exotic feline pets. Animals rights groups accuse the temple of complicity in the black-market animal trade, making tens of thousands of dollars by selling off older cats for ...

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