The girlfriend and I are planning a trip to Thailand and really hope to make animals a centerpiece of our trip. We already have a plan to see elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai because it seems like they place a great emphasis on animal welfare. We both love cats and were initially thrilled at the idea of being able to interact with big cats (i.e. tigers), but upon further research we kept finding evidence pointing towards animal cruelty at the various tiger attractions. Both Tiger Temple and Tiger Kingdom seem to keep the animals confined in relatively small cages and the animals live their lives constantly bombarded with attention from tourists. Add to that the rumors that some of the tiger places will sedate the animals with drugs to promote safer interactions and it all sounds very discouraging to be honest. We also checked out some YouTube videos of the Chiang Mai Night Safari, which purports to be more of a zoo. But the videos showed some of the cats pacing back and forth, which can be a sign that they're under extreme stress.
Are there any sanctuaries for tigers in Thailand that have a better track record? Or that have a history of prioritizing animal welfare? Thanks.