Please help the Tigers in the Tiger Temple, Thailand
  • Petitioned Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva

This petition was delivered to:

The Secretariat of the Prime Minister of Thailand
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva

Please help the Tigers in the Tiger Temple, Thailand

    1. Lisanne Holmberg
    2. Petition by

      Lisanne Holmberg

      Copenhagen, Denmark

There are not many places in the world where you can touch a fully-grown tiger, but the monks at Tiger Temple Thailand allow you to get up close and personal with their domesticated brood of big cats.

 This is promotion for one of the worst kind of abuse of endangered species.

Just a couple of hours drive outside Bangkok in the Kanchanaburi province, not far from the world famous Bridge Over The River Kwai, lies the Tiger Temple of Thailand.

Buddhist monks have (they say) saved the beautiful and endangered tigers from poaching. Instead, they keep these animals in captivity. The Tigers have been a huge tourist attraction, where tourist pay a lot of money to be photographed with the Tigers and tough them. To make this feasible, the tigers are chained and drugged. At the night they become trapped in small cages.

Up to 300 international tourists visit this facility each day, but boosted by the worldwide broadcast of a documentary on Animal Planet, numbers reach almost 900 on busy days.

The videos show clear that the staff is untrained in the handling of the tigers.

Care for the Wild International has investigated the temple..

CWI's Chief Executive Dr Barbara Maas says, "The Temple's popularity is based around claims that its tigers were rescued from poachers and move freely and peacefully amongst the temple's monks, who are actively engaged in conservation work. But this utopian facade hides a sinister reality of unbridled violence and illegal trafficking of tigers between Thailand and Laos."

Approximately 15 tigers live at Temple at any one time. Poor housing, husbandry and cruel handling are systemic throughout the facility. Far from being allowed to roam free, tigers are confined for 20 hours a day away from public view in small, barren concrete cages, measuring 31.5 m2 to 37.3 m2. This falls short of the published minimum of 500m2 for a pair or a mother and her cubs. Staff also routinely beat adult tigers and cubs with poles and metal rods.

As a result, the tigers suffer a catalogue of behavioural and physical problems, including lameness, skeletal deformities and stereotypic behaviour, such as pacing and self-mutilation. These complaints are further exacerbated by malnutrition and poor veterinary care.

The Temple claims to breed tigers for conservation. It does not have a breeding license, but at least ten cubs were born there. With no information about the tigers' subspecies, most if not all offspring are likely to be hybrids. For this reason alone the Temple's tigers are unsuitable for inclusion in a recognised conservation breeding programmes. Another concern is that the release of tigers that are used to human proximity is dangerous and potentially fatal for humans, livestock and the tigers, and so is almost never viable.

CWI recommends that Department of National Parks of Thailand confiscates the Temple’s illegally held tigers and transfers them to a sanctuary facility, where the animals can be accommodated and cared for appropriately. CWI has identified a suitable facility in Thailand and is offering its full support for this operation.  If Tiger Temple is not going to fulfil the original promise of providing the tigers with a place to roam free, then the tigers need to be moved as soon as possible. 

You can download the report from here:

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jacqui Trevillian DIGGERS REST, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      not very becoming behaviour for Buddhist monks, they are supposed to treasure and respect all living things

      • almost 3 years ago

      Because cruelty of any kind is unacceptable. Please also check out my petition to raise awareness of the different kinds of ways to support the fight against human trafficking.

    • Angelika Oreilly 71522 BACKNANG, DE
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am so shocked and sad,animals feel pain and fear like human beings,please treat them with respect and care

    • Anne-Marie Neckebroeck WETTEREN, BELGIUM
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am against all ill-treatment in all ways of animals. These tigers should indeed be transferred to a large sanctuary where they have a lot of space and where the animals can be cared for, after all the ill-treatment. Immediate action to transfer the tigers to such a sanctuary is necessary!!! Animals have rights!!!

    • Adele Wright SANDTON, MS
      • almost 3 years ago



    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.