AR-News: Stop Thailand's Orangutan and Other Animal Torture Now
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Fri Nov 21 13:26:31 EST 2003
From: "primfocus-digest at waste.org
ORANGU-BANG, Nov 13 2003
Thailand's economy is based on animal cruelty.
Demand an immediate end to this barbarism. Tell the following
contacts that you will boycott Thailand tourism, all Thai products
and restaurants until endangered orangutan kick boxing and all other animal torture is ended.
Thailand has a deplorable record of willful and gross cruelty toward all its animals. Thailand is paid by Ringling Bros. to capture, "train" and export endangered and non-endangered animals
for their circus acts. Circus animals and animals used in
entertainment are tortured to force them to perform through fear.
Only 15,000 endangered orangutans remain in the wild.
Contact for U.S. and Residents of Foreign Countries:
Prime Minister Pol Lt. Col. Thaksin Shinawatra
Thanon Nakhon Fathom
Email: prommin at thaigov.go.th
Ambassador Sakthip Krairiksh
Royal Thai Embassy
1024 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
Fax: 202 944-3611
Email: thai.wsn at thaiembdc.org
Contact for UK Residents:
H.E. Mr. Vidhya Rayananonda
Royal Thai Embassy
29-30 Queens Gate
London SW7 5JB
Contact for U.S. and Foreign Residents:
Mr. Somsak Thepsutin, Chair
Tourism Authority of Thailand
202 Ratchadaphisek Road
Fax: 011 66 2694 12201
Email: ogdep at tat.or.th
Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of
thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is
the only thing that ever has."
TOURISTS are flocking to watch the latest sick craze orangutan
boxing. The usually gentle primates are dressed in shorts and boxing
gloves before being forced to slug it out.
Their plight has been highlighted by British experts Jim and Alison
The couple filmed the bouts secretly in a safari park in Thailand for
a TV programme.
Alison explained: ``It's very distressing to watch, they are kick
``We are dead set against anything like that where you see wild
animalsdressed up performing like circus animals.'' The ring recruits
are snatched from south-east Asian rain forests by trappers.
Conservationists fear orangutans will become extinct in the wild in
Furious animal rights groups have slammed the ``sport'' and are
calling on tourists to boycott the shows.
RSPCA spokeswoman Katie Geary said: ``As long as people are going to
these cruel forms of entertainment they are going to continue the
Monkey Business will be screened on ITV on Sunday at 5.30 pm.
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the wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage. he is in front of it - axel munthe
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