Tiger Temple Update – January 2014 – For the gullible tourists and more gullible foreign volunteers of the Tiger Temple, the volunteers who go there and tout the wonders of the place and brilliant care of the tigers, all who have absolutely no qualifications in animal husbandry, and most who have never taken a moment to examine what “correct care” and “conservation” actually means.
These people walk in there and carrying on like they know it all, and they absolutely talk trash about myself, and any other “volunteer” who saw what I saw and know.
Let me shed a little vile light on the reality of this place.
While I was an undercover inside the TT, I watched tigers go to their death and I couldnt do a thing about it. Tigers that I had helped raise and fed and loved.
To prove that the Tiger Temple was involved in ongoing wildlife trade, I had to find the evidence besides Tigers disappearing in the night. I found that evidence in the form of the wildife trade black market contract inside the file of the black market bought “Dao Reung”. On that was the agreement between the Laos tiger farm trader and the Abbot of the Tiger Temple, plus a witness named Boi.
It was horrific work to get that evidence.
But it was the only way to stop them killing these wonderful Tigers. The temple broke my heart as I went there originally to work in the “wonderful tiger temple”. They shattered my soul but started a fire that would burn.
Burn until somehow, the Tigers in there could be protected.
These slanderous little volunteers and their cohorts in nearby “zoo’s” like to say so many lies and untruths about myself and those that fight for these tigers….. but, how many people must repeatedly say the same things until these ignorant people realise that we cant all be saying the same things and be wrong…
Even the volunteers who have been in there recently confirm what was known in 2007.
But, the graphic and soul destroying witnessing of the tigers going to their deaths, and then gathering the information to try and save the remaining tigers lives, is something that I would not wish on anyone.
Let me paint you a picture – A beautiful gentle female tiger, named Darika, is unable to have cubs as she is in with a male tiger far to young to mate. She has be born slightly deformed in her feet and hips which make her limp, but she is such a stunning girl, and oh so gentle.
One night, her “keeper” walks to her cage, she greets him, he puts a lead on her and walks her outside. She trusts him, and goes without a problem. She is then injected and she falls down onto a canvas unconscious. She is lifted onto the back of a truck and she is driven out of the Tiger Temple, never to be seen again. She is taken to Laos, to a Tiger farm, and there her life ends. Her body is carved up and used in the fake chinese traditional medicines and she (her body parts) are sold into the black market. Her fur is sold. She is gone.
None of these oh so ignorant and arrogant volunteers, never had to experience that vision or witnessing. They have no idea how lucky they are to not have seen that.
They talk about how sweet the older tigers are, and brag about how they are all great…. but once upon a time, every single tiger in the TT were panelled for death, just like Darika and many others.
One day, the ignorance of the Temple foreign volunteers will finally touch their heart. That is a fact as karma comes back to them all sooner or later.
Dont ever think that we forget how the temple began and what it took to save the lives of the tigers. We will never forget, ever.
Here is a Laos tiger farm in Maung Thong, Thakhek, LAOS. It exists, it is real.
Photo by undercover reporters who infiltrated the Laos tiger farm in 2010…. All these tigers are dead now, just like Darika.
A hard truth, but sometimes you just need to be reminded TT….. ~ Sybelle