In December 2014, three adult tigers went missing from Thailand’s Tiger Temple, a Theravada Buddhist temple and tourist attraction that offers hands-on encounters with the big cats. It wasn’t the first suspicious occurrence linked to the so-called sanctuary—former employees had told harrowing accounts of animal abuse, which the monks consistently denied. But a new investigative report published in National Geographic unveils an even darker truth: Conservation advocates and temple insiders say the monks are running an illegal operation that supplies tigers to the international wildlife trade. Watch the above video to get the full story.
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