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Wildlife graduate at heart of tragic tiger find in Thailand

Thursday 2 June 2016

WILDLIFE Conservation graduate Tom Taylor is at the heart of the operation against a Thai temple where the bodies of 40 dead tiger cubs were found.

Tom, who graduated last summer, and is from Rossendale in Lancashire, is a conservationist for the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast this morning he explained how the Buddhist Temple in Kanchanaburi province is making £2m a year for showing tourists the tigers and allowing them to be photographed.

And he detailed the raid, which he was part of, which appears to have broken the ring of cruelty enslaving a total of 147 tigers.

Wildlife authorities have now announced they will press charges against the Buddhist-run 'Tiger Temple' where the 40 dead animals were found on Monday. 

Tom, on a cameraphone from Thailand, said: “On Monday we were given permission with court orders to start taking the animals away. So far we’ve removed 64 tigers so are about half way getting these beautiful animals to a better place”

And he explained: “The Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand and the authorities have been fighting the temple for years and I have been involved in gathering evidence, including video and photographic evidence, of the treatment of these animals.

“We are hugely relieved the authorities have finally allowed ourselves and our partners to act to end this practice.”

See Tom’s interview on the BBC Breakfast Facebook site

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