Forty dead tiger cubs have been found in a very deep-freeze at a Thai Buddhist temple accused of wildlife trafficking and animal abuse.

Police and wildlife officers started an operation on Monday to get rid of all the living tigers at the Tiger Temple.
Pictures from journalists at the scene posted to social media showed the forty cubs lined up on the ground.
The site in Kanchanaburi is a popular traveler attraction but has been closed to the general public since the raid.
Temple’s long history of controversy
Police colonel Bandith Meungsukhum told news agency that wildlife officials would file new criminal charges after the discovery, and added that the cubs were just one or 2 days old when they died.
He said it was not yet clear how long they had been dead.
The dead cubs “must be of some value for the temple”, Adisorn Nuchdamrong, from Thailand’s Department of National Parks, told Reuters news agency. “But for what’s beyond me.”
Tiger bones and body parts are utilized in traditional Chinese medicine.
Monks at the temple weren’t available for comment however have previously denied trafficking allegations.
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In a statement on its Facebook page, the temple said the mortality rate for tiger cubs at the temple was “comparatively low” and that it used to burn dead cubs but a vet changed the policy in 2010 “probably to keep as proof against the allegations of selling cubs”.
Chris Coots, an Englishman who has volunteered with the tigers, told the BBC that the remains were frozen as proof that cubs who died of natural causes weren’t being oversubscribed into the life trade.
He said: “A range of the bodies square measure in a very state of decay as they need been there over 5 years.
“It would appear strange to stay the bodies that long if the intent was to sell them. this can be simply processed by decomposition tests.”
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Dozens of living tigers have already been removed, out of 137 at the temple. The 1,000-strong police operation isowing to continue all week.
Some workers and volunteers at the temple spoke out against the operation.
But the world wildlife Fund welcomed the news and called on the Thai government to prohibit the temple from keeping tigers in future.
Since 2001, authorities have been locked in a battle with the monks at the temple to confiscate the tigers afterallegations of wildlife trafficking and abuse surfaced.
The monks deny any wrongdoing.
The temple, officially known as Wat Pha Luang ta Bua, has been a stop on many tourists’ itineraries for decades.visitors may create for images with the tigers or help with their exercise routine.
But animal rights campaigners have long campaigned to shut it down. Peta said animals there are “imprisoned and denied everything that is important to them”

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