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Heartbreaking Cruelty in Thailand

Updated on March 25, 2012

Destiny with death in Aussie customs

Yellow snake, part of an illegal consignment found in Sydney airport recently
Yellow snake, part of an illegal consignment found in Sydney airport recently

Inhumane export of reptiles MUST BE STOPPED!!

If any Thai hubbers, or those with contacts in Thailand are reading this hub would they please contact their political representatives, or the customs in their airports to put pressure on the authorities to put an end to the following:-

STOP THE ILLEGAL, CRIMINAL AND CRUEL EXPORT OF SNAKES, LIZARDS AND ARCHNIDS IN PARCELS FROM THAI AIRPORTS, GOING VIA FOREIGN AIRPORTS TO PRIVATE COLLECTORS, OR WESTERN EXOTIC-CREATURE DEALERS.

I was left in tears and shaking with rage after just watching a television program showing Australian customs at Sydney airport opening packages containing four snakes; three still alive.

They were gently removed from the coffin-like boxes by personnel who allowed them to gratefully wind around their hands and arms. They were all non-venomous and beautifully colored, gentle little creatures.

From the airport, they were transferred to quarantine, but their fate was sealed as soon as these sociopath swine took them from the wild and illegally and cruelly shipped them: up to a week in darkness, unable to move.

With regret, the quarantine worker told the presenters that Thailand always refused to repatriate the creatures and that Australia couldn’t take the risk that they were infected or might one day escape and be a threat to the country’s wildlife. They were shortly humanely (Ha) euthanatized.

How anyone can pray-to and believe in an Almighty who would allow these barbarous practices to continue, “God” only knows.

I question the Australian authorities, too, I can’t be convinced there isn’t a way to insist the Thais repatriate these poor, inoffensive and gorgeous reptiles. That would make checking at the Thai end a lot more rigorous if they had to pay to get them back. And is Australia doing all it can to locate the customers of these swine? I doubt it.

Or surely they could be kept in zoos in Oz at the very least, after all, many other foreign species are on show in reptile houses?

People will just not be inconvenienced a jot, or pay a few dollars to put something like this right. Yet if it is in regard to satisfying the whims of greedy humans, any amount of effort or cost is seen as worth-while.

It will be a good thing when our tenure on this planet comes to end. I am convinced of that more and more every day.

Please act re: the above if you have any influence anywhere.

 


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      Sandy Frost 5 years ago from India

      Really, this is a shame for mankind. Such types of greeds and deeds are only ruining the global parity made by mother earth. One major cause of enlisting these innocent creatures in the list of rare and being-in-danger species is such a selfishness and obsessions of human beings.

      Thanks for writing this legitimate hub.

      Excellent work!!

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      50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

      Bob, had to go out of state and close an estate and went on no notifications and never restarted them, I just use my RSS feed and am trying to touch bases with all, but doing good, and you?

      dust

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Star: I can only dwell on all this for a short time otherwise I get so down and depressed. Part of it is frustration because there's nothing one can do except suffer with them

      Bob

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      It is horrible how some individual seek to derive money from the cruelty to animals. God Bless You.

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Dusty: You said it. There are about 20,000 known archnids in the world and at least that many waiting to be discovered. Killing the rain forests with all the creatures in there and its ability to oxygenate the planert; it's like destroying our lungs.

      haven't seen you for a while, Dusty?

      Bob

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      50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

      Hi Bob, sadly the world rushes toward it's undoing. There were millions of subspecies never realized, killed in deforestation of the once great rainforests, it didn't stop there, sadly maybe there was a miracle cure for a dreaded disease there. If so, man has proven that he did not deserve that cure, and is headed to the task of sealing the proof, nor does man deserve more than he gave, resulting in suffering, some times worse than the death man gave to a possible provided cure or relief. Man will continue this path with out doubt, sadly decades down the road, those who never knew will sit and wonder why they are in such a state, that the cause was taken from the annals of history,

      dust

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      Gemini Fox 5 years ago

      Or maybe we just think that we are more clever than we really are . . . and one day our delusion (illusion?) will catch up with us ;)

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Gemini: That was a film maker with a message. So true, we seem more like virus than a highly develoed mammal.

      Where on earth did we go wrong? I suppose we're just too clever for our own good.

      Thanks for the visit.

      Bob

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      Gemini Fox 5 years ago

      This makes me so angry I can barely speak. Frankly, I think that any poachers caught red handed should be taken out and shot - immediately and without question.

      I will never forget a "comic" in Mother Earth News years and years ago depicting a "safari" in which cars would be able to drive down a road with billboards on each side showing all the animals that used to live in the wild but were now extinct. Sickening that we are almost at that point - and the worst of it is that you feel so totally helpless to stop any of it.

      I'm not a big fan of remembering movie lines but there is one I will never forget and absolutely agree with - The Matrix, Agent Smith: "Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague (. . .)."

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Suzie. This is the problem. Same with giving money to all these charities which advertise on TV, the money never gets to where it's supposed to.

      Even ivory has been taken of the banned exports again in Africa. Ivory! So these pond slime can begin killing the only rhinos and elephants left.

      What we need is for the ants of the world to suddenly find human flesh irresistable.

      We shall soon have a world with no creatures in it.

      Bob

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      Suzie ONeill 5 years ago from Lost in La La Land

      Very, very sad! I think it's horrible the way people mis-treat animals. I wish there was something that I could do to help, but I'm too far away with too few resources to make a difference. :(

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Sunnie, Wayne and Shinkicker. I wish the latter hubber could kick the shins and more of these scum. it's no excuse to say you are poor. I am sure the natives who collect the creatures from the jungles get a mere pittance and the big money goes to the exporters and foreign dealers. Sad is the word for it. I would shoot these swine if I could and to hell with the consequences. These little snakes looked so humble and sad themselves and has no intention of hurting anyone. poor little chaps. There has to be a better way than sentencing them to death after all they have been through

      Bob

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      Shinkicker 5 years ago from Scotland

      It's terrible how greed for bits of paper to spend on trinkets and toys overrides human decency. I saw a video from Mexico on drug dealers. Super rich on misery and appalling cruelty yet their homes were full of expensive tat and useless materialism. All that damage and waste of lives for what?

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      This is truly sad...a true example of how greed overcomes reasoning in every arena. I am sure there are plenty of officials in Thailand getting paid to look the other way at just the right moment. Taking wild species out of their natural habitat under the best of conditions is a losing situation. Doing it in this manner is absolute cruelty and in too many cases no one really benefits but the seller. At the same time, I think we have to prosecute those on the receiving end with the full hammer of the law. If you dry up the demand, the effort will cease on the other end. Thanks for sharing. WB

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      This is so sad Bob...Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Maybe the right person will read this and be able to rattle some cages. Any animal deserves to be treated humanely.