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BANDUNG ZOO, INDONESIA
FALSE CLAIMS OF STARVING BEARS
Above photograph – 23 year old “Kardit” the Sunbear who is at the center of false starvation claims. Photograph taken 17/01/2017
Bandung Zoo, Indonesia – 26/01/2017
Cee4life Correspondent Report (CCR)
A video that was released by an Indonesian group on 16th May 2016, which was said to show “starving” bears, has recently resurfaced and become a viral video causing outrage across the world with animal lovers.
Cee4life was contacted by numerous concerned members of the public and asked to assist.
After investigating these “starvation” claims, Cee4life has found that these claims are false.
After communicating with Indonesian authorities, we can confirm that the video is old and from May 2016. The identity of who re-uploaded the video is unknown at this time.
The situation is as follows:
* In mid 2015, the only Veterinarian that Bandung Zoo had, resigned due to lack of funds. The owner and Chairman of Bandung Zoo carried on the best he could, however he became very ill by early 2016.
Bangkok, THAILAND, 23 December 2016
The Abbot of the infamous Tiger Temple Thailand, Phra Acham Phoosit (Chan) Kanthitharo, will face charges of illegal wildlife trafficking tigers in 2017 after the Department of National Parks Thailand discovered the DNA of dead tiger cubs found in the grounds of Tiger Temple during confiscations in June 2016, did not match any DNA of living and present tigers within the Tiger Temple.
Six of the cubs had no match-able DNA while another 15 dead tiger cubs matched only one present living parent from the Tiger Temple.
The Abbot is identified as the prime suspect involved in illegal tiger trafficking, and the secondary suspects are committee members.
As these charges come to light, the Tiger Temple is attempting to purchase 100+ tigers from a zoo in Nakhon Nayok province in Thailand.
Sybelle Foxcroft, Director of Australian NGO, Conservation and Environmental Education 4 Life – Cee4life, [who released the 9 year investigative report,”Tiger Temple Report”] stated, “It is no surprise that these cubs have unidentifiable DNA. Throughout our investigations numerous witness’s, including Cee4life investigators, saw cubs born and then disappear, and new cubs arrive in the middle of the night”.
Foxcroft continued, “Any attempt by anyone associated with Tiger Temple to gain access or house tigers again must be refused. They have shown themselves to be completely untrustworthy of having these critically endangered species within their grasp. It would be a tragic mistake and severe injustice to allow them [Tiger Temple and associates] to be anywhere near any animal, especially those used in traditional medicines or demand for fur and body parts, ever again.”
While it seems outrageous that people suspected of illegal tiger trafficking and possession could obtain more tigers, it is a possibility due to the separate business’s created by the Tiger Temple.
Foxcroft explained, “These “business’s” have been set up as separate entities, apart from the Tiger Temple itself. Therefore these “business’s” were not linked to Tiger Temple on paper or the circumstances surrounding it now. This is how they obtained a zoo licence in April 2016. However, if the committee of the new “business’s”can be proven to be linked to tiger trafficking, then the zoo licence will be revoked immediately. “
In January 2016, Cee4life, released “The Tiger Temple Report”, which was the culmination of a grueling nine year investigation into the Tiger Temple’s activities. The report contains abundant and shocking evidence of trafficking, clandestine operations and the removal of tigers, physical abuse, over-breeding and the evidence showing there should be 281 tigers from Tiger Temple, not 147. See report – http://www.cee4life.org/the-tiger-temple-report/
Part of the evidence contained within the report is the recorded conversations between the Abbot, the ex Tiger Temple Veterinarian and the ex Tiger Temple lawyer. One specific conversation, regarding the three missing tigers of December 2014, has the Abbot alluding to the fact that its his and Tiger Temples “policy” that outgoing tigers are not alive before being transported onward from the temple. But there is more evidence that the public has yet to hear.
Foxcroft states, “We have about 8+ hours of recordings and only partial critical evidence was released to the public. The full recordings contain some powerful evidence on the running of these business’s and how the profit would be handled. All of this evidence was given to the DNP in December 2015. It is very very useful, to say the least, for this case.”
“How this case is handled will set a precedent in Thailand for all other venues using tigers for tourism. There are very good people within the DNP and Royal Thai Police. Although this case is complex and controversial I believe that they will do their very best to ensure that justice is done.”
Cee4life also worked with National Geographic to expose illegal activities occurring within the Tiger Temple. See exclusive report – http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/160121-tiger-temple-thailand-trafficking-laos0/
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Cee4life is in the process of gaining permission to deliver a series of conservation and education action projects throughout SE Asia and India.
Keep checking back on our website for details of presentations, events and programs!
Cee4life Correspondent Report CCR
After receiving information from the Australian based Not-for-Profit organisation, Cee4life (Conservation and Environmental Education 4 Life), Australian Federal Police Border Control/Immigration Officers, seized tiger body parts being brought into Australia on 2nd April 2016.
Cee4life had tracked multiple people between 2010 – 2016, who had purchased or were gifted tiger body part trinkets from the now defunct Tiger Temple, Thailand.
An ex-Tiger Temple volunteer had purchased the illegal tiger body parts at the notorious Tiger Temple for 7500 Baht (approx. $280 AU). They then proceeded to travel from Thailand to the UK, USA, Indonesia and then to Australia. When attempting to enter Australia, from the information supplied by Cee4life, the suspect was detained by the Australian Federal Border Control Police and the illegal tiger body parts were seized.
The offender has requested anonymity.
A Cee4life representative stated, “Although we had warned volunteers, staff and tourists at/to the Tiger Temple for many years on the ethics and legalities regarding the tigers, it was always brushed aside, ignored and defended in a volatile manner. Not only is it illegal to buy, sell, take or kill tigers and their body parts, but to transport body parts across international borders can equate to trafficking.”
“In the case of this ex volunteer who was detained in Australia, it equates to ignoring repeated warnings and paying the price. This is yet another example of human driven contributing factors [people ignoring warnings and law] that keep the demand of tiger body parts, and other animals, alive.”
“This volunteer had been told by Tiger Temple staff that if they were stopped with the tiger body parts [within Thailand or at any international border crossing or stopped by police ] they were to tell the Officers [ Police, Border Control/Immigration] that it was a dog tooth/claws. This proves that Tiger Temple sales persons knew that selling these tiger body parts was 100% illegal. There is no excuse and relatively innocent but gullible people have paid a high price for the corruption present inside of Tiger Temple.”
Prior to being caught in Australia, the offender crossed into countries that have very harsh punishments for wildlife trafficking crimes. If caught, it could have ended with them serving 10 years in a notoriously hard prison.
“At any time, they could have been caught. This is one of literally hundreds, if not thousands of people who have purchased or been gifted tiger body parts from the Tiger Temple. It has been a flourishing side business.“
The DNA of the confiscated tiger body parts can be used to trace back to tigers from the Tiger Temple, along with the offender’s statement and more, confirms the selling, buying and international transport of illegal tiger body parts.
Note: IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED OR BEEN GIVEN A TIGER BODY PART “MEMENTO” FROM TIGER TEMPLE PLEASE CONTACT CEE4LIFE URGENTLY.
Investigators from Cee4life found evidence that the Tiger Temple had been selling and gifting illegal tiger body parts to multiple staff, volunteers, visitors and guests dating back to approx. 2010. The buying, selling or trading of tiger body parts in Thailand is illegal in both the laws of the country and under CITES (Convention of the International Trade of Endangered Species, Wildlife and Plant Species). The further transportation across international borders of protected and endangered species body parts without any legal permission, is a crime punishable by the laws of each country.
The tiger is a critically endangered species and is protected by law in most countries and is an Appendix I listed species under CITES.
To read The Tiger Temple Report by Cee4life – http://www.cee4life.org/wp-content/uploads/cee4life_tiger-temple-report.pdf
For more information on the Tiger Temple and raids – http://www.cee4life.org/the-tiger-temple-report/
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