Beyond the “Good Intentions”: Inside the Tiger Temple with Former Volunteer Fiona Patchett

Photo from Care for the Wild International report

Sometimes animal advocates who become volunteers with welfare/protection organizations are faced with the stark realization that the group they have chosen to dedicate their time to is not as good as they thought. Though the intentions of certain animal protection organizations might be good, how they put those intentions into practice can be deeply problematic, and further complicated by extenuating circumstances of money and politics.

In this interview former Tiger Temple volunteer Fiona Patchett, we learn about how an organization with a seemingly positive mandate had ended up on the wrong side of animal protection and conservation. Patchett relays in vivid detail her experiences during her long tenure as a temple volunteer, some of the campaigns that have arisen to try to correct problems at the temple, and how you can still help.

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