31 May '16, 10am

40 tigers removed so far from #Thailand's infamous Tiger Temple

KANCHANABURI, Thailand (Reuters) - The wildlife authorities in Thailand have raided a Buddhist temple where tigers are kept, taking away 40 of the animals by Tuesday (May 31) and vowing to confiscate scores more in response to global pressure over wildlife trafficking. The raid, which began on Monday, was the latest move by the authorities in a tug-of-war since 2001 to bring the tigers under state control. Mr Adisorn Nuchdamrong, deputy director-general of the Department of National Parks, said his team was able to confiscate the tigers thanks to a warrant obtained a few hours before the operation began. "We have a court warrant this time, unlike previous times, when we only asked for the temple's cooperation, which did not work," Mr Adisorn told Reuters. "International pressure concerning illegal wildlife trafficking is also part of why we're acting now." Officials moved ...

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