Thailand to build DNA database to protect elephants

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk has vowed to solve within a year issues related to Thailand’s elephants.

Preecha planned to build a DNA database on 4,000 or so domesticated elephants in order to stop people taking over identity papers of deceased pachyderms and replacing them with elephants taken in the wild.
After a Wednesday press conference to discuss the February 35 elephant fair at the Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang’s Hang Chat district, Preecha said he would contact the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of issuing thai national symbo eleohant, for information about the beasts living in camps and elsewhere nationwide.

Read more in Asia News Network

Ouch!! Again a plan to try to get the sickening elephant-abuse down! I remeber the “big” news of October 4, 1999 to start “chipping” elephants……………..:
(By the way: in between “vowing” and “doing” in LOS hides a big gap……..!)

Of Electronic Elephants
One city’s plan to pigeonhole pachyderms (4-10-1999)

“How do you stop an elephant from charging? Taking away his credit cards is one idea, but another gaining credence in Thailand — where the elephant population numbers some 3,000 and the animal is revered as a national symbol — is to cram some integrated circuitry in its hide.”

Read more in Getting it

They are still roaming around like this in Thailand!

About Antoni Uni

I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. Mijn website met foto's is: http://www.antoniuniphotography.com/
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