Only cruelty keeps tigers in tourist attractions

Behind every tiger selfie is a lifetime of suffering.

Tiger cubs are ripped from their mothers. As they grow they are confined in small cages with concrete floors and subjected to harsh, distressing training regimes. And they are forced to pose for photos with tourists for hours on end.

Thailand is a hotspot for tiger tourism. These beautiful endangered animals are bred, used and abused for the profit of wildlife entertainment venues and travel companies – and sometimes illegal traders.

A 2016 police raid of the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi province discovered dozens of dead tiger cubs and hundreds of other tiger parts, linking the venue to the illegal trade of animal parts. Investigations uncovered cruel treatment of tigers in its care, and 147 tigers were confiscated.

Most tourists don’t know that when they visit entertainment venues they are fuelling the demand for cruel and potentially illegal practices.

With your help, World Animal Protection is working with tour operators to stop promoting cruel wildlife attractions, and promote animal friendly tourism instead. You can help us educate tourists to say no to venues that allow direct human-tiger interaction like hugs or selfies. When the demand ends, so will the abuse.

Right now, tigers in entertainment venues are suffering horrific cruelty, at risk of illegal trafficking and being bred for profit.

They urgently need your help to stamp out the abuse. Please donate today.

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Credit: iStock. by Getty Images

$10 a month could help to educate tourists and lobby tour operators to stop selling tickets to cruel tiger attractions

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$30 a month could protect tigers from being threatened, and help to re-train people to find new ways of living without abusing wild animals

$60 a month could help develop sustainable solutions for moving tigers exploited for entertainment into wild or semi-wild environments

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World Animal Protection has been protecting animals for over 50 years and we passionately believe that animals matter. With your support, we’ll go where animal suffering is most far-reaching and animal cruelty is most severe.

In 2015, 87% of funds raised went towards protecting animals in our four areas of work. We can ensure your vital donation is making the biggest impact for animals as possible and is helping achieve lasting change.

* These figures are in local currency and taken from the Australia 2015 audited accounts.

  • Programs = 87%
  • Fundraising = 12%
  • Admin = 1%

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$10 could help to educate tourists and lobby tour operators to stop selling tickets to cruel tiger attractions

(* Image credit: iStock. by Getty Images)

$10 a month could help to educate tourists and lobby tour operators to stop selling tickets to cruel tiger attractions

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