Thailand's infamous Tiger Temple loses its cats
BANGKOK, Thailand — It’s among the dodgiest attractions in Asia: A so-called holy site where tourists pay to spoon with apex predators.
Sound like a bad idea? It is. The “Tiger Temple,” a monastery-cum-wildlife park in western Thailand staffed by orange-robed Buddhist monks, is roundly condemned by conservationists. It’s more of a hardcore petting zoo than a place of worship.
And its over-cuddled star attractions live in stark captivity instead of their natural jungle habitat — all to generate cash from backpackers eager for extreme wildlife selfies.
Now, after two decades of operation, the... read more