The Bangkok Post reported in late December that authorities will file an illegal tiger trade complaint against the abbot of the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi after tests showed the DNA of six dead cubs did not match any of the 147 tigers found at the temple.
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation deputy chief, Adisorn Noochdamrong, said department lab tests showed the origin of 15 of 40 cubs was suspicious as their DNA only matched up with one parent at the zoo. However, the DNA of six did not match up with any of the 147 tigers living at the temple.
“It means that these dead cubs were from somewhere else, suggesting temple wrongdoing by way of illegal tiger trading and possession. The abbot is the principal culprit followed by the temple committee and the Tiger Temple Foundation committee,” he said.
“The DNA results on the six cubs were significant enough for the department to plan to file a complaint by early next year against the temple’s abbot and the two temple committees for involvement in the illegal wildlife trade,” Mr. Adisorn said.