Captive tigers are suffering. Thailand must enforce a ban!
Tigers worldwide, and particularly in Thailand, are being bred to fuel the cruel wildlife tourism and traditional medicine industries. At wildlife tourist attractions in Thailand, tigers are often used as photo props for tourist selfies.
Over 1,500 tigers are living in captivity in Thailand alone. That is half the world´s wild population!
The demand for ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences and selfies are driving both animal cruelty and the global trade in wild animals. No tiger deserves a lifetime of cruelty and abuse.
Tigers are also suffering on a staggering scale to meet the demand for traditional medicine. There are long-standing beliefs that tiger body parts can cure everything from cancer to virility issues, when the reality is that scientifically-proven, cruelty-free alternatives are readily available.
The two trades are connected, with ongoing investigations suggesting that many tigers in tourism end up being killed for use in traditional medicine.
Breeding tigers in such way for entertainment and traditional medicine serves no conservation purpose, and has been repeatedly flagged as an actual threat to tiger conservation as these 'tiger farms’ have been known to supply tiger products to the illegal wildlife trade.
Thai authorities need to enforce a ban on captive breeding. Without captive breeding, fewer tigers will become part of these two trades, and ultimately fewer tigers will suffer.