Wednesday, September 7, 2022



Volume #090722-1530                              September 7, 2022


Thailand’s ‘death by elephant’ crisis continues

Dateline Phang Nga Province, Thailand – An angry elephant tore its handler, 32-year-old Supachai Wongfaed in half stabbing him multiple times with its tusks after being forced to carry extra heavy loads of wood in record hot temperatures.  According to local wildlife officers this is part of a growing trend.

Former director Suwat Jangyodsuk says, “As their handlers punish and push them to their limits these intelligent and somewhat temperamental beasts have been known to respond in forceful and even dangerous ways.  This is a tragedy that is neither unique nor necessary.  The handler knew full well his elephant was approaching revolt.  Elephants will show signs communicating their moods and Mr. Wongfaed chose to ignore those signs.

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Police said the hot weather and heavy loads may have made the animal “go crazy” and attack the man.  Not at all unique, there was another incident just last month in the Nakhon Sri Thammarat province.  Police suspect that that elephant, was also stressed from work and excess heat, and stabbed its handler to death standing over his corpse for hours.

These all seem ‘justifiable’ or at least understandable in some way or another.  But the loss of human life is always a tragedy.  The answer here is quite clear.  Elephants are remarkably intelligent animals and who knows where they would be if only God had given them thumbs?

Treat the beasts right and show them kindness and they will go the extra mile for you.  Piss them off and … well … ask the survivors of the family of Supachai Wongfaed.

I’m Max, and that’s the way I see it! 

P.S. The elephants have been returned to their owners after a 15-day ‘cooling off’ period.

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