After the news reports of dead baby tigers found in a freezer, Tiger Temple in Bangkok denies participating in the tiger trade and abusing their tigers. Unfortunately many tourist, myself included, have marveled at the thought of getting close to one of these magnificent creatures. It’s one of the first things I did when I travelled to Asia and at the time I really thought nothing off it. Now reflecting back on this; it’s terrible to support such organizations, even if they claim to “not use drugs or sedate animals”. These animals are “born into captivity and used to humans”. We are told “not to approach from the front” as they may think we are trying to play and that tigers naturally in the wild “sleep for up to 18 hours a day”. But we turn a blind eye to the other 8 hours where they should be running around, hunting and playing. All at the expense of getting that once-in-a-life-time-picture.
The truth is that wild animals should never be taught to suppress their need to hunt and if you want to see tigers in their true environment, go on a Safari rather than watching them at the Zoo. I remember a tiger throwing up at the tiger park and not thinking much of it. In your next trip to Thailand; if you’re thinking about going to one of these Tiger parks; think again about how your money is going to support the continuation of mistreatment, malnourishment, and underground trade of these beautiful animals. Travel responsibly and protect mother nature.