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40 dead tiger cubs found in freezer at Thai temple

The animals were found in the nation's infamous Tiger Temple, a monastery-cum-wildlife park in Kanchanaburi province west of Bangkok.


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A tiger peers through the bars of its cage at the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Tiger Temple on June 1, 2016.(Photo: Getty Images)



Forty dead tiger cub carcasses were found in a freezer at a Buddhist temple in Thailand, wildlife authorities said Wednesday.

"They must be of some value for the temple to keep them," Adisorn Nuchdamrong, deputy director-general of Thailand'sDepartment of National Parks, told the Reuters news agency."But for what is beyond me," he said.

The animals were found in the nation's infamous Tiger Temple, amonastery-cum-wildlife park and tourist attraction in Kanchanaburi province westof Bangkok. A raid to remove live animals fromthetemple began Monday amid an investigation into suspected wildlifetrafficking and abuse. All species of tiger are endangered.

A representative from Tiger Temple could not be reached Wednesday but the sanctuary has previously dismissed allegations that it has sold animal parts of bred tigers for profit. Exotic animaland tiger parts are in extremely high demand in Asia, especially in China, where they are used in traditional medicine.

Thailand has a reputation for being a center for illicit wildlife trafficking and the government has introduced legislation aimed at preventingmaltreatment. Critics say the legislation does not gofar enough to curb abuses.

ThePeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, an activistgroup, said Tiger Temple was "hell for animals," Reuters reported.

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