40 lifeless tiger cubs discovered in Thailand temple’s freezer

June 1, 2016 by  
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After officials began to remove tigers from Thailand’s Tiger Temple this week, they discovered 40 dead cubs in a freezer. The temple, marketed as a sanctuary, has been accused of animal abuse , wildlife trafficking , and breeding tigers illegally. Monks at the temple deny the accusations. Controversy has shrouded the temple for years. Visitors reported tigers seemed drugged, ex-workers said they weren’t fed properly, lived in concrete cages, and received beatings from so-called caretakers. Others suspected illegal breeding to sell tiger parts utilized in traditional medicines. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in 2007 there were 18 tigers at the temple, but by this year that number rose to 147. Wildlife groups have been working for the tigers’ release since 2001. Related: Tiger farming is cultivating a taste for luxury tiger products in China – and increasing poaching The BBC reports that Thailand’s Department of National Parks (DNP) attempted to seize the tigers but multiple times the monks would not allow them to enter the temple. This current raid is successful because the DNP came armed with a court warrant. So far dozens of tigers have been rescued, but babies were found in the freezer. Police Colonel Bandith Meungsukhum told AFP that the find would lead to criminal charges. Officials were unsure how long the cubs had been frozen, but many appeared to have been alive for only one or two days. Reporters and wildlife officials noted other animal body parts and a dead boar in the freezer. The temple says several years ago a vet told them to keep the cubs, “probably” to silence accusations they were trafficking the cubs. According to a post on their Facebook page, the Tiger Temple said the DNP knew about the babies inside the freezer and had even entered the freezer a few times before. Deputy Director-General Adisorn Nuchdamrong told Reuters , “They must be of some value for the temple to keep them. But for what is beyond me…The temple has notified us when grown tigers die, but never the cubs.” Via the BBC Images via Xiquinho Silva on Flickr , screenshot , and Eli Duke on Flickr

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President Obama Issues Executive Order to Protect Africa’s Elephants and Rhinos

July 8, 2013 by  
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Image via Shutterstock Illegal wildlife trafficking imperils the continued existence of Africa’s elephants and rhinos, and it poses an increasingly dangerous security threat. During his recent tour of Africa, President Obama promised to help countries like Tanzania curtail the threat, and he has issued an executive order to do so. Read the rest of President Obama Issues Executive Order to Protect Africa’s Elephants and Rhinos Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa tour , Elephant , extinction , illegal wildlife trade , ivory , president obama , presidential executive order , presidential task force , rhino , security threat posed by wildlife trafficking , tanzania , wildlife trafficking        

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IKEA Consumes a Full One Percent of the World’s Commercial Wood Supply

July 8, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Ikea furniture is ubiquitous in dorm rooms and apartments all over the world, but it’s difficult to fathom exactly how much of the world’s resources are actually used to make Ikea products. According to  Pacific Standard , Ikea uses about one percent—yes, one percent—of the world’s entire commercial wood supply . That amounts to about 17.8 million cubic yards of lumber last year. It’s difficult not to have mixed feelings about so much of the world’s forest going to the production of cheap furniture, but the Swedish retailer isn’t all bad. Read the rest of IKEA Consumes a Full One Percent of the World’s Commercial Wood Supply Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , FSC , fsc certification , fsc certified wood , ikea , ikea furniture , ikea green , ikea stores , Ikea wood , sustainable forestry , sustainable wood , timber , Wood , wood furniture        

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