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Are Phuket's Big Eaters Up for Elephant?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
PHUKET: The hunt began in earnest today for proof that elephant parts have been eaten on Phuket.

Last week Kaeng Krachan National Park head Chaiwat Limlikhitaksorn claimed that poachers killed and carved up an elephant near the Burmese border to ''sent to restaurants in the main tourist spots like Phuket, Surat Thani and Hua Hin.''

Unlikely as the report seemed, some readers took it as gospel, leaving Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha today to say that he had never heard of elephant-eating on Phuket and doubted the tale was true, but he would make inquiries.

Khun Chaiwat said that the tusks, trunk, tail and sexual organs were the parts of the elephant most in demand among elephant-eaters.

However, while sharks' fin soup is still thought to be on the menu on Phuket, inquiries so far have failed to produce anyone who has owned up to eating elephant.

Veterinarian Dr Jirayu Niranwiroj of the Phuket Provincial Livestock Office said he'd never heard of elephants being eaten before, and that all of Phuket's elephants could be accounted for.

The chief of Phuket's Animal Quarantine Station, Wanlop Tonpankal, said that while it was true that the owner of an elephant could sell parts after its death, it would be unacceptable for an elephant to be killed to eat.

Dr Sak Tanchaikul of Phuket's Public Health office said every effort would be made this week to determine whether the allegation was true or not.

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I don't really see the problem. Beef (disgusting to Hindus), Pork (disgusting to Jews and Muslims), Crab, lobster and shrimp are also disgusting to some Muslims. Some Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese eat (farmed) dog. Some people eat ostrich. Or crocodile. Or snakes. Many MANY people are willing to eat a cute baby sheep.........what exactly is the problem with elephants? Or are they just there for petting and tourist rides through Phuket's 'jungle'...........Meat doesn't come from a polystyrene tray at Tesco-Lotus. It's the flesh of a dead animal. I don't see the problem in people eating any sort of meat. Who are we to choose which animals live as pets or end up on our dinner plates?

Posted by Mr Man on January 11, 2012 20:51

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"However, while sharks' fin soup is still thought to be on the menu on Phuket".

SFS is most certainly on the menu and I can name many places where it is served.

Posted by Sam Wilko on January 12, 2012 08:24

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Sadly after numerous attempts to contact Makro they still continue to sell frozen Shark Fin.
GNC also sells shark cartilage. What kind of health food store is that?

Kudos to Tesco Lotus who did stop selling shark fin.

Posted by Nancy Botwin on January 12, 2012 10:16


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