泰國「老虎廟」涉虐待 獲救老虎過半數死亡 | Half of tigers rescued from Thailand temple have died

【看英文中國郵報學英文】綜合媒體報導,泰國政府週一表示,三年前從惡名昭彰的泰國觀光景點「老虎廟」拯救出來的147頭老虎,過半數不幸死亡。

Eighty-six out of 147 tigers rescued from Thailand Tiger Temple where they served as a popular tourist attraction three years ago have died, authorities said Monday.

造成這86頭老虎死亡的原因是近親繁殖導致的健康問題,泰國國家公園、野生動物和植物保育局說道。

The cause of death was inbreeding, Department of National Parks (DNP), Wildlife and Plant Conservation Division said.

美聯社報導,保育局官員Patarapol Maneeorn表示,近親繁殖導致老虎缺乏免疫力,容易感染疾病甚至是診斷出喉頭麻痺導致呼吸困難等症狀

According to the Associated Press, DNP official Patarapol Maneeorn said the tigers were vulnerable to illness because of inbreeding, which leads to laryngeal paralysis, can cause respiratory failure.

National Geographic and an Australian conservation nonprofit Cee4Life together exposed that the temple was involved in controversies of alleged animal mistreatment and wildlife trafficking. (Screenshot from YouTube video)
《國家地理雜誌》及澳洲非營利保育組織Cee4Life卻揭露出帕朗塔布寺的陰暗面,指責帕朗塔布寺虐待動物並從事動物非法交易 | National Geographic and an Australian conservation nonprofit Cee4Life together exposed that the temple was involved in controversies of alleged animal mistreatment and wildlife trafficking. (Screenshot from YouTube video)

俗稱「老虎廟」的帕朗塔布寺位在泰國西部,是1994年建立的一座佛教寺廟。帕朗塔布寺是著名的觀光景點,遊客可以在寺裡與老虎自拍,也可以餵食幼虎。

Tiger Temple, formally known as Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampann, is located in western Thailand. The Buddhist temple was founded in 1994. It was a de facto zoo where tourists could take selfies with tigers and feed the cubs.

然而,《國家地理雜誌》及澳洲非營利保育組織Cee4Life卻揭露出帕朗塔布寺的陰暗面,指責帕朗塔布寺虐待動物並從事動物非法交易。

However, National Geographic and an Australian conservation nonprofit Cee4Life together exposed that the temple was involved in controversies of alleged animal mistreatment and wildlife trafficking.

面對輿論壓力,2016年泰國警察與保育人員決定將老虎全數救出並接管。

In 2016, police and conservation officials decided to raid the temple and removed all the tigers.

根據美聯社報導,當時官員在寺裡發現了老虎皮、老虎牙齒及超過1500件由老虎骨頭製成的避邪物,甚至在冰箱及裝有甲醛的罐子裡發現60具幼虎屍體。

According to the Associated Press, the authorities then found tiger skins and teeth, at least 1,500 amulets made from tiger bones and 60 cub carcasses stuffed in freezers and in formaldehyde in jars.

By Carol Kan