Category: Animal Cruelty

Dozens more dead cubs have been found at Thailand’s controversial Tiger Temple, this time in jars containing liquid, as authorities continue their raid on the tourist attraction.

The exact number of cubs found varies. The Bangkok Post reports that 30 cubs were discovered, whereas wildlife charities put the number at 50.

This find follows Wednesday’s discovery of 40 tiger cub carcasses, which were found in a freezer at the Buddhist temple, located in the Kanchanaburi province.

Wildlife officials are continuing with their raid on the temple as they remove tigers from the facility in a move to bring the animals under state control.

On Thursday police caught a monk trying to flee the temple in a truck carrying animal skins and teeth.

Hundreds of amulets containing tiger body parts, including a range of skins and fangs, were found in the vehicle.

A post on Tiger Temple’s Facebook page reads: “The recent discovery of the tiger skins and necklaces comes as a shock to us as well as the rest of the world. We are disgusted at this discovery and we don’t condone this.

“We are looking forward to the authorities bringing the culprits to justice.”

Charity Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) says that there are concerns as to the whereabouts of 20 live tiger cubs who are missing from the Tiger Temple.

The temple denies allegations that they have sold the cubs.

Tiger Temple promotes itself as a wildlife sanctuary, but in recent years it has been investigated for suspected links to wildlife trafficking and animal abuse.

Wildlife charities and animal welfare groups have been condemning the facility for years, as the temple grew in popularity with tourists wanting to have their photos taken with tigers.

A raid that began on Monday is the latest move in a tug-of-war since 2001 to bring the tigers under state control.

Officials were not sure why the temple kept the cubs in the freezer.

“They must be of some value for the temple to keep them,” said Adisorn Nuchdamrong, deputy director-general of the Department of National Parks.

“But for what is beyond me.”

More than 130 tigers were kept at the temple.

Thailand has long been a hub for the illicit trafficking of wildlife and forest products, including ivory.

And exotic birds, mammals and reptiles, some of them endangered species, can often be found on sale in markets.

WFFT, a charity that has been working with Thai authorities and other NGOs to remove the tigers, said in a Facebook post on Thursday that staff at Tiger Temple have been dismissed, raising concerns about who will look after the animals.

The post read:  “The abbot of the temple has fired all his staff, meaning there is now no longer Tiger Temple staff on site to take care of all the other animals, including domestic cattle, buffalo, deer and wild pigs.

“The WFFT along with Thai Animal Guardians Association are in talks with the authorities on how we can handle this situation and ensure that all the animals are cared for properly. What will the coming days bring.”

On Tuesday, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals group said the temple was “hell for animals” and called on tourists to stop visiting animal attractions at home and abroad.

The raids follow the controversial shooting of a gorilla at a Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday. The critically-endangered animal was killed after a child fell into its enclosure.

World Animal Protection said: “The cruelty towards tigers at the temple, and the latest scenes of dead cubs, is extremely disturbing.

“It’s clear that the welfare of the tigers is not a priority and their lives are full of abuse and commercial exploitation for the entertainment of tourists.”

The animal protection group commended authorities for taking action against the temple, but further urged the government to investigate how the cubs died, and to find an “appropriate safe environment” for the tigers it had already recused to spend the remainder of their lives. 

Source: Tiger Temple Raid Reveals Dead Tiger Cubs In Jars Of Liquid At Controversial Tourist Attraction In Thailand


  • Two white lions were discovered having been killed at a farm in Limpopo 
  • The big cats also had their heads and their paws missing from their bodies 
  • It is believed the lions were targeted to use body parts for black magic 
  • Police have started an investigation and are already probing suspects 


A pair of majestic white lions have been poisoned by poachers in South Africa who then beheaded them and chopped off their paws.

The big cats, who were kept in captivity at a farm in Limpopo, were found dead on Friday.

It is believed the lions were targeted by poachers as part of a muti-killing, where animal body parts are used for healing in black magic rituals.

Before they were killed, it is believed the lions were fed a pesticide called Temik, which is used to get rid of spider mites and other pests.

Local police said they had picked up a number of suspects relating to the killing near the Stockpoort border crossing with Botswana.

A police spokesman said that an investigation was under way.

It has been estimated that 8,000 lions are bred in captivity in South Africa.

A source told the Daily Express: ‘The lions are often sold to facilities which offer walking experiences with lions.

‘The final journey for most of these hand-reared lions is as a trophy to be mounted on a hunter’s wall.’

Animal rights activists say canned – or ‘captive’ – hunting in South Africa, where lions have been reduced to little more than ‘farmyard chickens’, is popular to meet the market of high-paying tourists who hunt them down using guns or bows for the ultimate ‘trophy’ kill.

Source: Poachers poison white lions and then decapitate them for black magic rituals | Daily Mail Online

A man who climbed into two lions’ enclosure, stripped naked and taunted them into attacking him was shot with a tranquiliser dart by zookeepers trying to save him from a near-fatal mauling.

Visitors to Santiago’s Metropolitan Zoo in Chile watched aghast as staff eventually shot and killed the lions with live ammunition. The man had been carrying what appeared to be a suicide note, authorities said.

The drama began on Saturday morning when Franco Luis Ferrada, 20, climbed atop the roof of the lion pen, then forced his way into the cage. According to witnesses the lions initially ignored the intrusion but attacked after Ferrada taunted them.

Zookeepers responded at first by turning a hose on the animals, then by firing a tranquiliser dart – but hit the man in the neck instead of the lions. As the lions set upon the man, a zookeeper opened fire with live rounds. The two beloved animals died in front of a horrified and massive holiday crowd.

Ferrada was taken in critical condition to a local health clinic with injuries to his pelvis and head, as well as a massive dose of tranquiliser.

Gerson Sepúlveda, subcommisioner of the investigative police’s crime division, confirmed that one of the darts hit the young man and said that Ferrada had left a written message thought to be a suicide note. “We are comparing it with other [writing samples],” said Sepúlveda, who stated that police were also looking at videotapes, still photos and the firearms involved.

Alejandra Montalva, the zoo director, defended the actions of staff. “The alarms sounded and chemical control arrived [tranquiliser darts] and an independent shooter arrived. The shooter decided to save the life of the person and unfortunately we had to sacrifice two members of our family,” she said.

“The zoo has an established protocol because people’s lives are very important to us,” said Montalba, adding she was “deeply affected” by the deaths of the two lions, a male and a female.

Chilean social media exploded with a firestorm of criticism against zoo authorities: reactions ranged from calls to boycott all zoos, to questions about the use of deadly force. Others commented on the treatment of people with mental health problems like the young man involved.

Dozens of people arrived at the zoo on Saturday night to hold a candlelight vigil for the dead lions. Meanwhile doctors at the nearby clinic were cautiously optimistic that Ferrada would survive but said the next 24 hours would be key.

Source: Zookeepers shoot man with tranquiliser while trying to save him from lions | World news | The Guardian

A Staffordshire bull terrier has bitten 11 children in a park in Northumberland.

Police are trying to track the owner of the dog, which attacked the children as they played in Burns Avenue, Blyth, at 6.30pm on Wednesday.

The father of one of the children managed to tie it to a fence with a cardigan before officers arrived, the BBC reported. 

The terrier was taken to secure kennels and the force said it was making inquiries to trace the owner. No-one has been arrested.

Nine children were treated in hospital with bite injuries, the Press Association writes.

Six were driven to hospital in Cramlington by relatives while three were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Newcastle, by the North East Ambulance Service.

None was thought to be seriously injured.

Source: Staffordshire Bull Terrier Bites 11 Children In Blyth Park Dog Attack

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