VIDEO: Tiger Temple may close after losing zoo license

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Thailand’s controversial Tiger Temple is fighting to keep its tigers after losing its zoo license.

The Tiger Temple is a Buddhist temple that is home to 137 tigers. It has been under investigation for suspected links to wildlife trafficking, and activists have long accused the temple of illegal breeding.

Officials have removed some tigers from the popular tourist attraction, which has been dogged for years by talk it supplies the black market and mistreats its tigers.

The temple bills itself as a wildlife sanctuary and has denied links to illegal trafficking.

In January, the government seized five tigers and took them to government conservation centers. The government insisted it will confiscate all tigers as the temple gives a bad reputation to the country’s tourism industry.

A temple official said the government will struggle to care for the tigers and they should be kept at the temple.

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