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Bodies of 40 tiger cubs found in Thailand temple freezer

Wildlife authorities have found 40 dead tiger cubs in a freezer at a Buddhist temple on Wednesday. The Buddhist temple in Kanchanaburi province west of Bangkok had become a tourist destination where visitors snapped selfies with bottle-fed cubs.

There are some accusations that monks were involved in illegal breeding and trafficking of the animals. Adisorn Noochdumrong, the deputy head of Thailand’s parks department, said they would file charges against the temple for keeping the carcasses without permission. However, the temple has always denied trafficking allegations.

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

 

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