What do we do?
Every year in Thailand, hundreds of tiger cubs are bred and born in captivity for the sole purpose of providing interactions with tourists on holiday. The conditions in which these tigers live range from adequate to far below international standards. Many receive little to no veterinary care, are fed poor diets and endure unhealthy interactions with caretakers and tourists alike. Some are made to perform unnatural behaviors, in many cases suffering physical abuse during their training to do so. Upon reaching adulthood, most of these tigers are retired from the photo ops they provide to tourists, often being locked in a cage out of sight, where they remain with little care or stimulation or any access to the outdoors.
Our charity is dedicated to the welfare of these tigers, those who will live in captivity for the rest of their lives. We aim to raise the standards of their living and care to improve their lives and their welfare. We plan to accomplish this through research, education and direct aid:
Research: Through assessing and recording each tiger seen, its living conditions, care and welfare, we are able to document the growing number of captive tigers in Thailand with the hopes that this will enable authorities to hold facilities responsible for their care and well-being.
Education: Through our social media sites, reports and videos, we hope to share this information with the public, particularly those interested in animal welfare and/or visiting tigers in captivity. As more people learn to recognize what poor welfare is, the demand for improved welfare will lead facilities to make positive changes for their tigers.
Aid: We currently raise funds to assist two government-run facilities with the care of their tigers by building enclosures and donating extra food, carnivore supplement and enrichment for them. We hope as we grow that we will be able to help more facilities in the future.
While we wish to advise tourists on the better facilities at which to visit tigers and aid some of these facilities in effort to improve the welfare of their tigers, our ultimate goal is to help phase out this cruel and unnecessary industry. We understand that this will take some time, and we cannot sit back and wait for this to happen while tigers suffer. We will continue to help these tigers and push for changes one step at a time in effort to raise international standards for their care. If you wish to help them, too, join us to see what you can do For Tigers.For Tigers is a non profit organisation working to improve standards of welfare for captive tigers in Thailand.