A shut down Thai Buddhist temple where 40 frozen tiger cub carcasses were discovered last year has plans to reopen under another name, an animal welfare charity reports.
An investigation by World Animal Protection discovered that Tiger Temple Co. Ltd., is planning on reopening under the moniker Golden Tiger (Thailand) Co. Ltd. The new venue is being built in the Thai town of Kanchanaburi, located west of Bangkok and directly adjacent to the grounds of Wat Pa Luangta Maha Bua Yannasampanno — the location of the previous Tiger Temple attraction.
According to its website, the Tiger Temple will reopen in March. “Book now to reserve your place only 30 persons per day,” it reads.
The temple, a de facto zoo in which visiting tourists could take pictures with tiger cubs and watch adult cats perform tricks, reportedly had 137 tigers. But in June of last year, the temple was raided by Thai authorities, who discovered the bodies of dozens of tiger cubs shoved in a freezer. Further, officials found a small bear carcass, deer horns, and plastic bottles allegedly holding animal parts. The temple has been accused of illegal wildlife trafficking, and investigations into the practices at the premises are still ongoing
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