According to the reporters, not less than 22 tigers had been taken out from the Buddhist Temple by the authorities of Wild Life on Tuesday in western Thailand in an effort to shut down the famous but controversial tourist attraction as early this week.
As said by the director of Thailand`s Wild Life Conservation Office, Teunchai Noochdumrong, that she was optimistic that all of the tigers of temple, estimated to total 137, would be taken out by Friday, ending a long running dispute between the temple and the government.
15 years ago, the temple, named Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, which is commonly known as the Tiger Temple started keeping and breeding Tigers, and has promoted itself as a spiritual sanctuary where the wild animals and humans can coexist peacefully.
As per to the officials, the temple has earned nearly around $6 million per year from the ticket sales.
The temple had been ordered by the Thailand`s Wild Life Conservation Office this year to stop breeding the tigers, selling tickets and allowing tourists to hand feed the animals. The orders were been ignored by the Buddhist temple.
Investigation is on for the temple on suspicion of illegally trading in tigers after three of the animals been vanished from the temple.