Samak: Just shoot bothersome jumbos - Bangkok Post, December 15, 2003
Governor Samak Sundaravej: "I would
like to ask the prime minister if we could shoot the beasts if
they are brought into Bangkok, so the mahouts would not dare to
do so again," he said. Mr Samak once proposed the government
seize and retrain the animals for release into the wild.
[Despite the scoffing tone of the headline and
the article, both of Samak's solutions do make sense. The elephants
and mahouts are bankrolled by influential investors in the northeast.
Any solution that does not involve the mahouts losing the animals
forever will not deter others from traveling to Bangkok to beg.]
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