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40 dead tiger cubs found in freezer at Thai temple
A Thai official holds up one of the dead cubs at a Buddhist temple in Thailand, surprising a number of animal lovers around the world.

As many as 40 dead tiger cubs have recently been found in a freezer at a controversial Buddhist temple in Thailand.

The gruesome discovery was made after the country’s infamous Tiger Temple was raided by wildlife authorities.

The monastery in Kanchanaburi province is being investigated over claims of animal abuse and illegal wildlife trafficking.

It is famed for having 137 tigers and has become a popular tourist attraction, with many westerners paying to take selfies with bottle-fed cubs.

The 40 carcasses were found in a freezer in a kitchen area, said Adisorn Nuchdamrong, deputy director-general of the Department of National Parks.

"They must be of some value for the temple to keep them," he said. "But for what is beyond me."

Officials have so far moved 52 live tigers from the temple since Monday, leaving 85 still there.

They are being tranquilized and transported as part of a massive operation involving hundreds of government officials and dozens of vets.

Animal rights activists have long accused the temple of mistreating the tigers. The government suspects the monks have been involved in illegal breeding and trafficking of the animals.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals group says the temple is "hell for animals" and has called on tourists to stop visiting animal attractions at home and abroad.
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