What do you mean, Tiger Temple?
Tiger temples refer to Buddhist temples in Asian countries, especially Thailand which keep wild animals such as tigers captive. They are an opportunity for tourists to get up close and personal with these beasts as rarely would any tourist try and hug a tiger in the wild. In these temples, the tiger cubs can be fed, played with and be posed for pictures with members of the public.
Why Should I avoid going here?
- The tigers are drugged to placate them
- The tigers are fed a low protein diet of frozen chickens
- Some temples were freezing the newborn cubs
- Tigers are kept in concrete cages, most often chained up
- Tigers are trained using negative re-enforcement
- The tigers do not get mental stimulation from hunting or other natural behaviours
Where can I go to see Tigers instead?
- Guided tours
- Ethical conservation-based zoos