pha luang ta bua

A veterinarian holds the head of a sedated tiger at the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua temple in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand on June 1st 2016. Wildlife authorities raided the Buddhist temple where 137 tigers were kept, following accusations that monks were illegally breeding and trafficking endangered animals. For decades the temple has been popular with tourists as it allowed them to pose for photographs with the animals. But its monks have faced controversy over the alleged abuse of the tigers, with activists claiming the temple was a “living hell” for the animals. Of the 137 tigers at the temple, 40 were rescued. Credit: Getty Images/Dario Pignatelli