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Thai Elephant Killed, Mutilated 'For Restaurants'

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Thai elephant killed, mutilated 'for restaurants'

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BANGKOK, January 5, 2012 (AFP) - Thai wildlife officials on Thursday said body parts from a dead wild elephant found without its tusks, tail and penis were likely destined for restaurants in tourist areas.

The creature, which was discovered in Kaeng Krachan National Park near the Myanmar border in central Thailand on Monday, is believed to have died at the hands of a local gang of poachers.

"They cut its tusks, trunk, sexual organ and tail. Those parts must be sold to the middleman and will be sent to restaurants in the main tourist spots like Phuket, Surat Thani and Hua Hin," park head Chaiwat Limlikhitaksorn told AFP.

"There is a team of elephant hunters in this area. They are stateless people who live along Thai-Myanmar border," he added.

The wildlife department has found four elephant carcasses killed by poachers in the past three years.

Chaiwat blamed ineffective laws for the increase in the crime and putting more than 250 wild elephants and the officers in danger.

Thailand is known as a global hub for the illegal ivory trade, with a dramatic rise in seizures of tusks in recent years as the decimation of the kingdom's elephants has seen poachers turn to Africa for their plunder.

The country has an ivory sculpting tradition dating back to the late 19th century when an estimated 100,000 elephants roamed the kingdom.

Since then most have been lost to poachers and the clearing of their forest habitat, and now just a few thousand remain, many working in the tourism industry.

Benefiting from its location, Thailand exports much of the ivory to China -- where it is traditionally used in medicinal powders -- and Japan.

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-- (c) Copyright AFP 2012-01-05

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This is for very rich Chinese tourists, not the vast majority of people.

And some other Asians who think they will be revitalized by eating certain parts of powerful animals. And a few amoral collector types who just MUST have ivory, when gorgeous substitues exist.

Not your typical gourmet exotic food fan.

They almost always stay to legal types of catch when leaving Beef, Chicken, Pork and Shrimp behind for an evening.

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"Thailand is known as a global hub for the illegal ivory trade, with a dramatic rise in seizures of tusks in recent years as the decimation of the kingdom's elephants has seen poachers turn to Africa for their plunder"

It is not just the "HUB" for Illegal ivory trade. Bangkok as been declared the "HUB" of trading in rare and endangered species from around the world. Not just for exotic medicines but also as pets. Watched an Australian documentary a couple of weeks ago (4 Corners) where the BIB were doing raids on the back alleys and seedy dens of Bangkok. You could get animal parts, live bird, tiger, bear cubs what every you wanted from around the world. Billion baht business.

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And the scum who killed the elephant didn't have a second thought in doing so....absolute scumbags.

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And the scum who killed the elephant didn't have a second thought in doing so....absolute scumbags.

triple that

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"Thailand is known as a global hub for the illegal ivory trade, with a dramatic rise in seizures of tusks in recent years as the decimation of the kingdom's elephants has seen poachers turn to Africa for their plunder"

It is not just the "HUB" for Illegal ivory trade. Bangkok as been declared the "HUB" of trading in rare and endangered species from around the world. Not just for exotic medicines but also as pets. Watched an Australian documentary a couple of weeks ago (4 Corners) where the BIB were doing raids on the back alleys and seedy dens of Bangkok. You could get animal parts, live bird, tiger, bear cubs what every you wanted from around the world. Billion baht business.

I think I saw that a while back, a guy operating a store was found with a quantity of tiger and elephant penises along with other banned items. He stated that they were left over from his father/grandfather's stock and were purely for momento's and he no longer sold them. BIB said, ok that's fine and went to the next place.

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They copy and fake most everything but this stuff. Seems the margin would be great if they came up with fake elephant dong soup or something.

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Who would eat an elephants penis? Are you sure it's used in Thai cuisine? And if it is how do you prove it's an elephants and not a buffalos? Plus how much would you have to pay for it?

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Elephant penis to be eaten in restaurants, in Phukett area? I hope that the _ssholes who kill these poor animals are caught, and prosecuted, or better yet hung for public viewing,, but also hope the receivers of this supposed delicacy, choke and gag on the penis and die with it lodged in their throat.

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Who would eat an elephants penis? Are you sure it's used in Thai cuisine? And if it is how do you prove it's an elephants and not a buffalos? Plus how much would you have to pay for it?

The Chinese.

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The newspaper makes out that the "stateless gang" of poachers operates near the Myannmar/Thai border implying and deflecting guilt to non-Thais. What the newspaper should be doing is a good piece of investigative journalism on the market destination for this trade. For example, the dealers and restaurant end destinations. It wouldn't take the newspaper much imagination to send a "skilled" investigative journalist to smoke out the end user restaurants and medicinal herb shops and then back into the poachers. The fact is if the end users and distribution channels were eliminated, the poachers would find something else to do and the elephants would live happily ever after. You never see anything close to this sort of investigative, useful journalism in Thai press.

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