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Man questioned over bestiality “club” in northern Thailand

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PHOTO: The alleged organiser of the Bobo bestiality club (right) is interviewed by police at his home

(Image by Watchdog Thailand, censored to comply with Thai law)

A man who was allegedly running a bestiality “club” near the northern Thai capital of Chiang Mai has been questioned by police after an investigation lasting more than a year by animal rights activists Watchdog Thailand (WDT).

The man was summoned for questioning after WDT showed police a video he had posted of himself having sex with a dog.

Members of WDT, which is funded by the animal charity, Soi Dog Foundation, often go undercover to collect evidence to expose cases of cruelty to animals, particularly dogs and cats.

WDT alleges that, using the Line chat application, the man invited people to join the “Bobo” group, for a fee of 200 baht. For that price, members could watch videos of others having sex with dogs. Once a month, members had the option to pay extra to meet dogs for “swinging sex”. A choice was offered of 10 dogs for abuse.

The Bobo leader allegedly collected and groomed young street dogs under the guise of “saving” them.

It took WDT more than a year to pin down the exact real-world location of the man, in the Sankamphaeng district of Chiang Mai Province. Once they had that information they were ready to enlist the aid of police.

WDT posted photos of the police action, with details, on its Facebook page, sparking outrage and calls for severe penalties for all involved in running or being members of Bobo.

The Thai Cruelty Prevention and Welfare of Animals Act, which came into force in 2014, allows for prison terms of up to two years and/or fines of up to 40,000 baht for those found guilty of cruelty to animals. Thus far, however, the courts have applied much lighter sentences. Also, the Computer Act Section 14 allows for prison terms of up to five years and/or fines of up to 100,000 baht or both.

A WDT spokesperson, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “We’re happy about the outcome and even happier that we got a great cooperation from the Commander of the Chiang Mai Police.

“The investigation will lead to the arrest of members of the group, whom we have already identified with their names and profiles. We cannot reveal the names for now, because news about the head of the group (being identified) has already (tipped off) the rest of them.

“We will definitely continue our investigation using the information we already have.”

The Bobo police action is the fourth high-profile case of cruelty to animals in Thailand in as many weeks.

A female DJ has also been arrested after being accused of disembowelling a kitten while it was still alive, allegedly for the enjoyment of members of a “dark” website, who paid for the entertainment.

And two men were arrested in separate incidents, both after flying into a rage and violently beating to death neighbours’ dogs that had offended them. WDT was involved in all three arrests.

The Soi Dog Foundation, which funds Watchdog Thailand, has praised WDT’s continuing courageous commitment to helping bring to justice people abusing animals physically or – in this latest case – sexually.

WDT was originally formed in 2011 as an undercover unit in Soi Dog’s drive to combat the smuggling of dogs by criminal gangs from Thailand to the dog meat restaurants of Vietnam. That drive, which lasted about seven years, finally killed off the illegal dog meat trade.

Soi Dog founder John Dalley said he was glad to see the alleged Bobo Club organiser had been identified. “Sadly,” he added, “bestiality is not limited to Thailand. It is an insidious crime often leading to the death of the animal used to entertain extremely disturbed people.

“This pervert has been operating for a long time and has finally been caught. We hope the courts will show no leniency.”

Soi Dog’s Bangkok Animal Welfare Director, Dr Tuntikorn Rumpatana, said that bestiality could lead to serious physical damage and health problems for the abused dogs, even leading to death.

Meanwhile, the alleged Bobo club leader denies all accusations against him, and says that a dog that appears in one of the offensive videos is now dead (poisoned by person unknown). Another appears to be a neighbour’s dog.

As a result, police have been unable so far to take away any dogs that are believed to have been abused.



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Air Pollution

Chiang Mai ‘s tourism holds up despite smoke and smog

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Chiang Mai’s current poor air quality and smoke haze is raising concerns on the potential impact on tourism as Thailand’s Songkran water festival approaches.

Smog has been a yearly occurrence in Northern Thailand, but this year the situation appears to be the worst with Chiang Mai topping the air pollution ranking and the media tracking daily results.

But La-iad Bungsrithong, president of the Thai Hotels Association (Northern Chapter), says there appears to be a short-term decline in the market.

However, she attributes the current performance to March being part of the traditional low season rather than the pollution, adding that there has been no booking cancellation from leisure or MICE guests.

The Songkran festival typically sees leisure demand for Chiang Mai from South-east Asia, Europe, China and Thailand. According to La-iad, room occupancy in April last year was 65 per cent, reaching 85 per cent during the Songkran period (April 12-14).

She expects similar figures for Songkran this year but also greater competition arising from new hotels around Chiang Mai and Airbnb.

Similarly, a spokesperson of Standard tour, Somchai Sandnee, said the company’s business has not been affected by the air pollution. Chinese tourists are less perturbed by smog issues than political turmoil and recent events such as the boat accident in Phuket last year, Somchai pointed out.

Chotechuang Soorangura, associate managing director of NS Travel & Tours, also says he doesn’t see the smog having an impact on sales.

“The smog is considered an annual situation and our company always (issues) an advice to customers. In the case where customers really want to visit Chiang Mai, we will suggest they limit their stays in the city in favour of other provinces instead such as Sukhothai,” Chotechuang explained.

SOURCE: ttgasia.com

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Summer storms on the way for north, north-east

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People living in the north of Thailand are being warned to brace themselves for some summer thunderstorms until Wednesday. The Meteorological Department issued an alert today saying the storms will be caused by a high-pressure system from China that will interact with the hot weather over upper Thailand.

Outbreaks of summer thunderstorms will be likely from today to March 27. Thundershowers, gusty winds and hail are possible first in the Northeast and the East then the Central, and the North region.

Are you affected?

March 23-24

North: Kamphaengphet, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Phetchabun.

Northeast: Nong Bua Lamphu, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Udon Thani, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.

Central: Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat, Lop Buri and Saraburi.East: Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo and Chachoengsao.

March 25-27

North: Kamphaengphet, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Phetchabun.

Northeast: Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Loei, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.

Central: Uthai Thani, Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat, Lop Buri, Saraburi and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya including Bangkok and its vicinity.

East: Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo and Chachoengsoa.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Hazardous: Chiang Mai again leads the world in air pollution

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Chiang Mai is back on top of the world’s list of most air-polluted cities, according to the AirVisual.com website.

AirVisual reports at 1.45pm that the air quality index (AQI) of Chiang Mai on Saturday stands at 471 (##!!??!!) , much higher than the 100 AQI safety standard (the WHO lists the safety limit as 50 on the AQI scale). It’s been about 350 all day today.

In its six scale listings Chiang Mai is now listed at the bottom as ‘Hazardous’, the scale doesn’t go any lower.

The northern capital has been covered with white, mostly bushfire smoke and smog, for almost two weeks prompting Chiang Mai residents to wear N95 air-filter marks outdoors. Or stay indoors.

The Chiang Mai University, the Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna and Chiang Mai provincial administration confirmed that the air quality in the city remained critical.

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