Saturday, June 4, 2011

Thailand’s Animal Farm

Thailand is home to some of the world's largest wildlife trafficking operations and in the past month there have been several different discoveries of animals being smuggled at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport.

On June 2ndThai customs reported confiscating hundreds of live turtles and other rare animals in luggage at Bangkok's main airport.

Rare Turtles Siezed at Suvarnabhumi Airport
On March 13thNoor Mahmood, a 36-year-old citizen of the United Arab Emirates, was detained by undercover officers at Suvarnabhumi airport with four leopard cubs, a Malayan sun bear, a baby marmoset and a baby red-cheeked gibbon -- all aged under two months -- in his suitcases. BTW, Noor managed to e$cape $omehow.

Baby Panther Seized at Suvarnabhumi Airport
Clearly, animals aren’t welcome at Suvarnabhumi airport. This is in stark contrast to 2008 when animals roamed free there.

Herd of Wild Animals NOT Siezed at Suvarnabumi Airport

And speaking of the yellow shirted saps, they don’t think Parliament is a place for animals either. As I posted before, they erected signs urging voters not to “let these animals into Parliament!"

It’s amazing because it only further points out another double standard. If animals are not welcome at the airport or in the government, then why does a certain dog name Foo Foo hold the rank of Air Chief Marshal in the Thai Air Force?

It’s hard to say which book best describes the Kingdom of Orwell nowadays, “1984” or “Animal Farm.” 


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