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Tourist mauled at Tiger temple in Kanchanaburi

Posted by somtam2000 on 30/8/2013 at 19:02 admin

Title says it all really. Tourist lucky to be alive. That place so needs to be shutdown.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2407513/Student-19-mauled-400lb-tiger-Thailand-popular-tourist-attraction.html

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Posted by MADMAC on 30/8/2013 at 23:50

I'm not a fan of state intervention everytime a place or thing is perceived as a social negative. If the place is shut down, the Tigers will be packed off to zoos if they are lucky, turned into Chinese medecine if they are not. Some might find improvement, some might find death. I prefer minimal state intervention, not more.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 31/8/2013 at 01:20 admin

They're already in a zoo.

Sorry, meant to say an unlicensed zoo that's endangering tourists who feel its ok to be photographed patting a tiger that is regularly beaten.

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Posted by MADMAC on 31/8/2013 at 01:26

Hey, if you don't understand that sitting next to a Tiger / beaten, drugged or whatever / is a potential risk, then you are a candidate for the Darwin award and so be it. Same with Crocodiles. It's not the states job to protect people from their own stupidity.

The Tiger temple is best dealt with through Thai society - not the state. State intervention should be the exception, not the rule. The beauty of Thailand is the state gives you more elbow room. The last thing I want to see is Thailand become Western Europe.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 31/8/2013 at 01:31 admin

What do you mean by "dealt with through Thai society"?

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 31/8/2013 at 07:24

The girl was hardly hurt at all.

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Posted by MADMAC on 31/8/2013 at 08:01

I mean allow the influences of the society to gradually modify the behavior of the institution. Every problem is not grist for the government mill.

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Posted by sayadian on 31/8/2013 at 11:00

In total agreement with Madmac. Are Westerners so pampered and protected that they think stroking a tiger is like stroking a pussycat!
If you are stupid enough to go in with a tiger, tough!

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Posted by Geer1 on 31/8/2013 at 11:37

Any time you have an animal like a tiger there is a chance it could have a cranky moment and cause an issue. It is going to happen and although the tourists are told they are safe(because probably 99.9% of tourists do go through unscathed) they should know that there is always a chance something might happen.

Although in some ways I disagree with what the Tiger Temple does it sounds like in this situation they handled it pretty good. The trainers got between her and the tiger so she could get to safety and then the temple covered her medical expenses.

It sucks it happened and hopefully she heals fully. I don't know that this is reason to shut the temple down unless this has happened before or happens again.

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