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If I'm not mistaken, this news first appeared on Bangkok Post about 2 weeks ago.
Posted by Steve C. on January 27, 2012 18:29
Just why the Associated Press is giving new impetus to an old story that has so far not been proven is difficult to fathom.
Kangaroo and Emu are national symbols of Australia but are also eaten. Blue Marlin = Bahamas. If elephants could be farmed commercially, what is the problem. I would ONLY accept the argument of not eating elephants from a committed vegan. The idea of consuming only certain types of meat depending on their cuteness or not, revolts me.
Posted by Mr Man on January 27, 2012 18:48
The point is that kangaroos and emus are not endangered, Mr Man. Elephants are. That's the problem. Once the elephants are all gone, what will you eat in their place? Farm them for food? Come on.
Some kind of non farang tourist like to engage in for western eyes unusual food. But of course if you phone to the places, they will say no... If elephant meat is liked too, I don't know, but would not surprise me.
Posted by Lena on January 27, 2012 19:46
Elephant? Most unlikely. They're far more valuable alive.
I have just finished eating a big juicy steak bought at ***** *****. I eat my steaks very bleeding rare. Man o man, this was the toughest fillet steak I have ever eaten and I have eaten lots of steaks.
Posted by Dun on January 27, 2012 20:19
There's the ''evidence'' the world's newspapers have been lusting for, Dun. Your bloody tough steak.
Posted by Media Watcher on January 28, 2012 08:07
I think you mean the elephant-eaters are a metaphor for Thailand and greed. There's no evidence, so it's a busted metaphor. What's more obvious in the elephant-eating coverage is the adage: never let the facts get in the way of a good story. So an unproven theory becomes almost-fact. I can't speak about Iraq or Iran. Mainstream newspapers strive for accuracy but can sometimes be swayed by powerful lobbyists to avoid difficult truths.
It's geo-politics. There is no proof, just words of the elite controlled media, which wants to take over Thailand covertly.
Posted by Jack on January 28, 2012 10:14
The BBC played with this story in 2000 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/773217.stm
Posted by Anonymous on January 28, 2012 10:22
I am sure people have eaten elephant. Look at the woolly mammoth which was hunted for food and clothes.
Posted by Tbs on January 28, 2012 10:51
I reckon 99.9 percent of Thais would not eat elephant - which is why the claim is that tourists on Phuket are eating it. The elephant is revered in Thailand. When mammoths were killed for food, yes, people dressed in animal fur. Not many people still wear animal fur. What happens in other countries is irrelevant.
What's the problem they eat stuff here that smells like they dug it out of a 3 day old Pampers .Like they said when I lived in Hong Kong the Chinese will eat everything that flies except a jumbo jet and everything on four legs except a table and there's not a lot of difference here you wouldn't want to be a squirrel that's for sure.
Posted by Scunner on January 28, 2012 16:11
Och ye stupid people, how many times have ye bee oot te eet on Phuket? Everything is same same copy. YES, steak is either dog or buck or elephant. Haw man, even yer neighbours dog is served up as a wee potion of fillet. These resturants will serve ye anythin" as they know ye will depart soonest? So eat up yer carnivorous beasties? If ye kanna understand this, then yer a bloody bloddy good scot who know's their worth. These are heathens that eat anything if it's living or dead. AYE and they call us barbarian?? OCH AYE> Slainte.
Posted by Robin on January 28, 2012 17:04
"Just why the Associated Press is giving new impetus to an old story that has so far not been proven is difficult to fathom." I suggest that the reason is attributable to a negative image due to the tuktuks, jet skis etc. If there wasn't a pre-existing negative image, such stories would be harder to circulate. Thailand and particularly Phuket has a reputation that lends itself to allowing such stories to spread. If there was a perception of integrity and competence, there most likely would be less chance of such stories making their way to the media.
Posted by Ryan on January 29, 2012 01:30
It's a fair way from tourists being scammed by jet-ski operators to being ''those b-s who ate the last of the elephants.''
Must be short of good/bad news so this bit of ALLEGED NEWS is top of the pops this week...not Bull****..Elephant****
Posted by johndev on January 29, 2012 07:51
Nothing new. Mc Donalds have been serving Jumbo meals for years :-)
Posted by agogohome on January 31, 2012 09:45
It is very clear that the story on elephant meat consumption on Phuket was made up by a park official in Petchaburi. He made his claim but was never able to show any evidence at all to this claim. Bottom-line of the matter is that by making this claim he made everyone look in a completely wrong direction far away from himself and the real problem. Young elephants are being removed from the wild to be supplied to elephant camps for tourists, indeed a live baby elephant is worth lots more than the meat or even the ivory. Some journalist were used to make everyone look away.
Posted by Edwin Wiek / WFFT on February 5, 2012 21:50
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