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Officials brace for transfer of temple tigers
THE NATION

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BANGKOK: -- ALL 146 TIGERS currently at Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi will be moved to Khaoson and Khao Pratabchang wildlife breeding centres in Ratchaburi, a top official said yesterday.

Nipon Chotiban, director-general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conserva-tion (DNP) yesterday visited the breeding centre to make sure that cages and other facilities were ready for the tigers.

However, Nipon was unable to predict if the impending transfer would spark the kind of protest witnessed at the temple three days ago.

Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, known as the "Tiger Temple", was rocked by a 24-hour stand-off between 200 monks, novices, local residents, and more than 600 local officials who tried to relocate six Asian black bears to a new sanctuary in Chon Buri.

"We have to map out a careful plan before executing the relocation of the wildlife,'' he said.

The centres would have adequate tiger specialists, veterinarians and handlers to take care of the tigers. Eventually, some tigers native to the area would be released to the wild.

"This will depend on the species. Most of the tigers at Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua are Bengal tigers, not local breeds. So we must take care of them till they die," he said.

Some of the tigers would be donated to zoos with licences to breed wildlife.

This will help reduce the financial burden on the state for the upkeep of the tigers, each of which costs about Bt7,000 a month to feed and take care of.

He said the tigers would be transferred after Songkran.

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Officials-brace-for-transfer-of-temple-tigers-30257512.html

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-- The Nation 2015-04-07

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Really? yeah give the monks time to hide them better yet don't feed the tigers then lock monks and tigers together bet the monks beg you to take them.

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I have a feeling they won't find 146 tigers after Songkran.

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The blocked for 6 bears....what do you think they will do for a herd of tigers which by the way their main source of income?

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About time they closed down this farce. Maybe poaching of elephants in the wild will be the next thing they go after? We can only pray.

Congrats to the officials for taking action. Hope it all works out OK.

Butthey haven't actually taken any action - merely said they are going to after Songkran - which gives the temple plenty of time to prepare to deal with the attempt.

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>>This will help reduce the financial burden on the state for the upkeep of the tigers, each of which costs about Bt7,000 a month to feed and take care of.<<Quote

146x7000x12, That is more than 12 million a year!!

Takes a lot of donations from the sheeps to keep the show on the road.

Those guys are not monks, but gangsters wearing saffron...............bah.gif

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taking the golden geese away from the monks? This should be interesting. I thought monks were meant to live a life with no possessions and not care about monetary wealth? Let's see how this plays out? My guess is they will not be too happy and will, at the very least, stage a large protest or that many of the tigers will go missing. Bloody hypocrites!!! Just goes to show the perversion and lies behind all religion, the root of all evil.

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Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, known as the "Tiger Temple"

soon to be known as the "Empty Temple" thumbsup.gif

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When one is a criminal, how easy it is to put on a saffrane robe and hide

behind buddhism to continue with criminal activities

May be a very large can of worms has to be opened here.

Priority #1 of which we already have a few.

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out of the frying pan into the fire......

"Some of the tigers would be donated to zoos with licences to breed wildlife.: - I doubt it as there doesn't seem any verifiable records of these animals' genetic history, they may be inbred or hybrids and so totally useless for breeding....they are no more than glorified puppets

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