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    Thais are eating their elephants.

    Eating ..them ..

    Thai Elephants might become extinct because too many people are eating them
    Poachers starting to target animals not just for their tusks, but for their meat


    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's revered national symbol, the elephant, may face a new threat of extinction: being poached not just for their tusks, but for their meat.

    Two wild elephants were found slaughtered last month in a national park in western Thailand, alerting authorities to the new practice of consuming elephant meat
    "The poachers took away the elephants' sex organs and trunks ... for human consumption,"

    Damrong Phidet, director-general of Thailand's wildlife agency, told The Associated Press. Some meat was to be consumed without cooking, like "elephant sashimi," he said.

    Consuming elephant meat is not common in Thailand, but some Asian cultures believe consuming animals' reproductive organs can boost sexual prowess.

    Damrong said the elephant meat was ordered by restaurants in Phuket, a popular travel destination in the country's south.

    It wasn't clear if the diners were foreigners.
    Poaching elephants is banned, and trafficking or possessing poached animal parts also is illegal.

    Elephant tusks are sought in the illegal ivory trade, and baby wild elephants are sometimes poached to be trained for talent shows.

    "The situation has come to a crisis point. The longer we allow these cruel acts to happen, the sooner they will become extinct," Damrong said.

    The quest for ivory remains the top reason poachers kill elephants in Thailand, other environmentalists say.

    Soraida Salwala
    , the founder of Friends of the Asian Elephant foundation, said a full grown pair of tusks could be sold from 1 million to 2 million baht ($31,600 to $63,300), while the estimated value of an elephant's penis is more than 30,000 baht ($950).

    "There's only a handful of people who like to eat elephant meat, but once there's demand, poachers will find it hard to resist the big money," she cautioned.

    Thailand has fewer than 3,000 wild elephants and about 4,000 domesticated elephants, according to the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.

    The pachyderms were a mainstay of the logging industry in the northern and western parts of the country until logging contracts were revoked in the late 1980s.
    Domesticated animals today are used mainly for heavy lifting and entertainment.

    Read more: Thai Elephants might become extinct because too many people are eating them * - NY Daily News
    Last edited by cluezo; 27th January 2012 at 10:22.

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    I think it's a veiled metaphor. If kin pathet refers to political corruption, then eating the elephant (in the room) probably refers to abuse of LM laws as destructive corruption in another sphere.
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    ^ That's a long stretch I think. I'm thinking Chinese gourmets...
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    I'm thinking Swiss bank laundering and arms for insurgents.

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    I just hope someone here does not go after my sex organs and swimming trunks

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    Here is the esteemed ex director of the Chang Mai night zoo venture (and boat propeller plan) who advocates eating exxotic wild animals as a gourmet experience. Is the venture still going on I ask ?


    ---Update---

    What's on the menu chaps?


    Thai Long pig.



    Good gracious not me surely. HELP !!!!
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    This story is disgusting!

    The Thais are sounding more and more like the Chinese.

    Has anyone tried elephant? Sounds disgusting actually. Please never eat elephant or their tusks for sexual prowess. We have enough endangered animals to contend with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phuketbound View Post
    Please never eat elephant or their tusks for sexual prowess.

    may I snort it?
    Last edited by jimbo; 31st January 2012 at 11:52.

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    ^..I think you know what I mean there.

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    Yes, I do. We grind up the tusks and ingest them with other aphrodisiacs. A very addictive habit I should join a program to put an end to.

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    This story is disgusting!

    The Thais are sounding more and more like the Chinese.

    Has anyone tried elephant? Sounds disgusting actually. Please never eat elephant or their tusks for sexual prowess. We have enough endangered animals to contend with.
    Um did you miss the part that suggested that it was foreigners (probably Chinese) eating the elephants.
    I once saw an old documentary of an African 'pygmy' tribe that ate a whole elephant in one sitting.

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    I think the pygmies were "sinified" during one of the Zheng He voyages.

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    Elephants are endandered and it's the National animal of the country. These people need to wake up.
    What are they going to do when the last tusker is gone and all they have left are their daughters and buffaloes.Nuts all of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markle View Post
    Um did you miss the part that suggested that it was foreigners (probably Chinese) eating the elephants
    Didn't read that part..just this part.

    Quote Originally Posted by cluezo View Post
    It wasn't clear if the diners were foreigners

    Quote Originally Posted by cluezo View Post
    elephant's penis is more than 30,000 baht ($950).
    must be some good meat.

    ---Update---

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    A very addictive habit I should join a program to put an end to.
    Not a bad idea.

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    Right. I'll stick to cobra blood.

    ---Update---

    Quote Originally Posted by John Harvey View Post
    What are they going to do when the last tusker is gone and all they have left are their daughters and buffaloes.
    Maybe they'll rely more on tired cliches and prejudicial views(?)

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