Tigers must leave temple by Friday

Tigers must leave temple by Friday

A Friday deadline has been set for the removal of 147 tigers from the famous Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi. The abbot has resisted previous attempts to remove them and other animals kept at the temple.

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Phra Archarn Phusit (Chan) Khantitharo, or Luangta Chan, sits with one of Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yanasampanno's many tigers in a photo taken in 2008 by Yingyong Un-anongrak. The abbot has been fiercely opposed to the removal of animals from the temple in the past.

Temple must give up tigers

Apinya Wipatayotin

Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yanasampanno, known colloquially as the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, must give up its 147 tigers to the Department of  National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation by Friday, the department chief says.

Nipon Chotiban said yesterday the department has told the temple to hand over the tigers, or risk having them seized. The department has a legitimate role to take care of wildlife, not the temple, he said.

The department first announced the seizure of 10 tigers kept at the temple about a decade ago because the temple had no permit to keep them.

However, officials then asked the temple to help take care of the animals instead of taking them back. Mr Nipon said he did not know why the authorities wanted the temple to take care of the tigers.

He said the number of tigers has since increased from 10 to 147, and the temple has no permits to keep them. The department now wants it to hand them over.

Mr Nipon issued the order after his officials raided the temple in February due to complaints the temple was linked to wildlife trafficking and possible maltreatment of the animals. The outcome of the investigation has yet to be released.

He said staff plan to transfer the confiscated tigers to the Khao Pra Thap Chang Wildlife Breeding Centre in Chom Bung district and Khao Son Wildlife Breeding Centre in Suan Phung district in Ratchaburi province.

Former department chief Damrong Pidech once tried to move the tigers to the wildlife breeding centre, but failed due to strong protests by the temple.

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Vocabulary

  • abbot (noun): the head monk at a temple - เจ้าอาวาส
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • breeding: the producing of young animals, plants, etc - การผสมพันธุ์สัตว์เพื่อขยายพันธุ์
  • colloquially: used in informal everyday spoken language - ซึ่งเป็นภาษาพูด, ไม่เป็นทางการ, คำหรือวลีที่ใช้ในการพูดที่ไม่เป็นทางการ
  • complaint: when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การร้องเรียน
  • confiscated: officially taken away - ถูกยึด
  • decade: a period of ten years - ทศวรรษ
  • Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (noun): an agency of the Thailand's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment responsible for the overall care of the country's forests and the plants and wildlife within - กรมอุทยานแห่งชาติ สัตว์ป่า และพันธุ์พืช
  • due to: because of - เนื่องจาก
  • fiercely: very strongly - อย่างรุนแรง, อย่างดุเดือด
  • investigation: the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened - การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
  • issue: to officially announce or give out - ออก, ออกประกาศ, ออกคำสั่ง
  • legitimate: correct according to the law - ที่ถูกต้องตามกฎหมาย
  • linked: connected - เชื่อมโยง
  • maltreatment (noun): very cruel treatment of a person or an animal - การทารุณ,การปฏิบัติไม่ดี
  • oppose: to disagree with or not approve of a plan or policy - คัดค้าน
  • order (noun): something that somebody is told to do by somebody in authority - คำสั่ง
  • outcome: a result - ผล
  • permit: an official document that gives you permission to do something - ใบอนุญาต
  • protest: a strong complaint or disagreement - การประท้วง
  • raid: to forcefully and suddenly enter a place to catch criminals or to search for something like drugs or, in this case, fake passports - ใช้กำลังเข้าค้นสถานที่หรือ จับกุมคนร้าย
  • release: to make known to the public - เปิดเผย, ให้ข่าว, ปล่อยข่าว
  • removal: taking something away - การเอาออกจาก
  • risk: to cause someone or something to be in a dangerous situation - เสี่ยงอันตราย
  • role: the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship - บทบาท
  • seized: taken away by force or official power - ถูกยึกครอง
  • seizure: the act of taking control of something, especially by using power or force - การบุกเข้ายึด
  • staff: workers employed by a person or organisation considered as a group - คณะผู้ทำงาน, คนงาน
  • trafficking: dealing in illegal goods, like drugs, weapons or in illegally moving humans or animals from one place to another - การค้าสิ่งที่ผิดกฎหมาย
  • transfer: to move someone or something from one place, vehicle, person or group to another - ย้าย
  • wildlife: animals, birds, insects, etc. that are wild and live in a natural environment - สัตว์ป่า

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