Saturday, 14 May 2011

Proof that sometimes animals are valued higher than humans

There are two things I will passionately defend: helpless children and animals. This post is for the latter.

I am scandalised. I've read yesterday (and today in more detail), about a man trying to smuggle baby wild animals from Bangkok airport to Dubai. He was stopped by airport security, and in his check-in luggage were found two leopards, two panthers, two macaque monkeys and an Asiatic black bear cub, which were all sedated and under two months old. For some reason I fail to understand, the 36-year-old seemed to believe that the animals would have survived the flight keeping in mind the conditions they were in.

Apparently animal smuggling is big business with endangered species such as these being sold for 3 000 pounds each in Bangkok, and fetching much higher prices overseas. Nevertheless, cruelty on animals does not have a price. Today's Times report that if the criminal is convicted, he could face up to four years in prison and 40 000 baht (816 pounds) fine.

I disagree. What can four years in prison and 800-pound fine do for him? How about stuffing him in a suitcase, throw him with the rest of the luggage at check-in and let the airplane take him to an unknown destination? I bet that would enlighten him concerning what those animals were going to experience if his masterplan succeeded.

A two-month leopard cub - one of the animals found in the luggage
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