Samak: Just shoot bothersome jumbos

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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