Cee4life founder haunted by death threats after the release of the Tiger Temple Report

Lalit Shastri

Photo: Courtesy Cee4life
Photo: Courtesy Cee4life

Within days of the release of the Tiger Temple Report by Cee4life that concludes with evidence that the Tiger Temple is conducting illegal international wildlife trade ever since its inception and holds it guilty of multiple animal abuse acts, Sybelle Foxcroft, the founder of the Conservation group behind the expose has been haunted by death threats.

Sybelle Foxcroft
Sybelle Foxcroft

Cee4life has pointed to the many breaches of the Thai WARPA Act and the CITES Agreement, and has urged the Thai Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, CITES, Interpol, Police (Local and Federal), Military, National Buddhism Authority and all other required Departments and Organisations to conduct an unprecedented investigation into the allegations and evidence gathered by Cee4life in its report.

Cee4life has placed on record that all informants, investigators, ex volunteers / staff and current volunteers / staff of the Tiger Temple that have been mentioned in this report and others that can be provided by Cee4life who have had serious threats made against them, be given high protection from any negative repercussions connected to or from the Tiger Temple, Kanchanaburi, Thailand or its partners.

Further through its report, Cee4life has raised the following demands:

● The Abbot Phra Wisuthisarathera, manager Jakkrit/Boy and any other monks
connected with the illegal wildlife trade of the protected tigers (most of them royal Bengal tigers) of the Tiger Temple be disrobed by the National Buddhism Authority.
● The Abbot Phra Wisuthisarathera, TSW known as Kasaem, manager Jakkrit and
other Tiger Temple staff whose names can be provided to the authorities by Cee4life
are brought into custody in conjunction with DNP by Bangkok Police and/or Military
and interrogated to uncover the details of what happened, who was involved,
middlemen contacts and the trafficking route of illegal international wildlife trade
within Thailand and to its borders and beyond.
● The Abbot Phra Wisuthisarathera, manager Jakkrit and all other Tiger Temple staff
workers found involved in the illegal wildlife trafficking of tigers are held accountable
under the Thai WARPA Act for illegal import and export of multiple animals via the
illegal international wildlife trade and punished to the full extent of the law.
● That each offence is dealt with individually and each individual offence has the
maximum punishment applied for incarceration and financial payment.
● The Abbot Phra Wisuthisarathera, TSW known as Kasaem, manager Jakkrit and
other Tiger Temple staff involved in the illegal tiger trade or documented animal
abuse be removed from the Tiger Temple immediately and never be permitted to
own, sell or work near any animal again.
● That all Foreign Staff whether past or present within Tiger Temple, if found to have
aided, had knowledge of and concealed evidence, or knowingly participated in the
illegal wildlife trade of protected animals or concealed evidence of the trades or be
found to have acted as an accomplice to the crimes by not reporting them to the
relevant authorities; be removed from the Tiger Temple immediately and be held
accountable under the Thai WARPA Act punishment, CITES and any home country
laws that may be applicable and never be permitted to participate in any business
within Thailand related to animals.
● That the DNP aid Cee4life help to bring all Foreign Staff found to have concealed
and aided in the illegal wildlife trade of tigers, whether by action, complacency or the
deliberate action of silence; to justice within their own countries.
● That all attempts are to be made to retrieve any tigers or any other animals from the
Tiger Temple that may have recently disappeared into the illegal international
wildlife trade, where there is a possibility that they are still alive. That if found, these
animals are to be given protection and safety in an ethical facility within Thailand or
any other facility deemed to have high ethical standards that adheres to the Five
Freedoms for captive animals.
● That the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation involve and
partner with authentic animal and conservation organisations, both Thai and
International, to assist and help hands on with the ethical care of the remaining Tiger
Temple tigers and other animals.
● That the DNP provide Cee4life with a letter of permission to enter the Tiger Temple
premises.
● That the DNP provide Cee4life permission to aid with the DNA collection of all tigers
from the Tiger Temple to identify their subspecies and origins.
● That any international or national animal or conservation organisations which can
assist or help with the Tiger Temple tigers, are to work in conjunction with the
Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and strive towards the
goal of ethical care and protection for these animals and any other animals that
Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation may require
assistance

Click here for the Cee4life Tiger Temple Report