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Man arrested for allegedly driving with monitor lizards tied to his motorbike

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A man was arrested on animal abuse charges for allegedly catching water monitor lizards, tying them to his motorbike and driving around Prachuap Khri Khan, south of Phetchaburi province.

The man, who is identified as Chaowalit, posted photos on Facebook of lizards tied up to the back of his motorbike. One photo shows a large monitor lizard tied up to the back of the bike, hanging upside-down. Apparently, Chaowalit has been posting photos for about 4 months now on Facebook page on wildlife hunting.

Officials from the Kui Buri National Park were notified about the photos and a team of special unit officers were sent to Chaowalit’s house to arrest him. He was charged with catching and harming protected wildlife as well as violating the Wild Animal Reservation Protection Act. If found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to 1 million baht.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    1. You’re in Thailand, remember? I’d rather deal with a family trying to survive with one motorbike, than a hi-so Mercedes owner who slept during his driving lessons and now operates his car like a cluelessly arrogant prick. Don’t like lower middle class folks taking their children to public school on their motorbikes? Move back to your country and your own way of life. They aren’t the bad guys, they’re the reality and you oughta accept and respect it.

        1. Touche’. I ripped a bit too hard. But I’m a repeat long-term visitor (since 1987) and full time resident (2002-04, and since 2013) and a motorbike owner. Families on motorbikes are a part of the culture here, and in most circumstances are less harmful and more helpful to the average worker bee here. The “arrogant pric&%” comment was made shortly a Mercedes driver blantly cut me off in traffic. Yes, motorbike users can be terrible drivers but many automobile drivers are just as bad, and when they do dumb stuff it often seriously injures or kills others. Better now, ya TOSSER? ; )

      1. I am in England, I only spend 50% of my time in Thailand.

        I don’t care if they risk the lives of their children, it is up to them.

        But it does seem strange a lizard is more important than a child as far as the police are concerned.

        Do you think it is ok to risk children’s lives on motorbikes, would you do it, I wouldn’t?

        PS, you are a temporary visitor to Thailand, you may be on a one year visa but it still has to be renewed every year with three monthly reports, you like me are a visitor, you have no right to stay there.

        As far as Thailand goes just pay up and remain a second class citizen with no rights whatsoever, but it is a good place for long holidays and is as cheap as chips for us rich Westerners as long as the airport is not too far away.

        1. No James, I’m not really “the same as you”. I live and work here. I commute on the roads everyday. I have no home anywhere else. I’ve probably spent 8 years in this country, over the last 30. The topic isn’t about visitors or residents, or 90 day reports or what rights I might or might not have. It’s about people who “use their children as airbags on their motorbikes”. That was the comment that I sort of objected to. By the way, it’s totally ok to care if someone else risks the lives of their children, and I can’t believe that you don’t. But are any Thai people getting on their motorbikes with that deliberate thought in their minds? “I’m going to put Jr in front of me so he will cussion any collision I might have”? Of course not. It’s just another of the realities of life here. Not everyone can afford a car (thank goodness). I think it can be dangerous too, in some circumstances, but I’m not going to judge something that, for the most part, works for them. Yes, we all know about the horrendous road death rates, but that is a separate issue of more connected to speeding, youth, bad driving habits (both bikers and car drivers), and alcohol. Just sayin’.

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Caitlin Ashworth

Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

10 Comments

    1. You’re in Thailand, remember? I’d rather deal with a family trying to survive with one motorbike, than a hi-so Mercedes owner who slept during his driving lessons and now operates his car like a cluelessly arrogant prick. Don’t like lower middle class folks taking their children to public school on their motorbikes? Move back to your country and your own way of life. They aren’t the bad guys, they’re the reality and you oughta accept and respect it.

        1. Touche’. I ripped a bit too hard. But I’m a repeat long-term visitor (since 1987) and full time resident (2002-04, and since 2013) and a motorbike owner. Families on motorbikes are a part of the culture here, and in most circumstances are less harmful and more helpful to the average worker bee here. The “arrogant pric&%” comment was made shortly a Mercedes driver blantly cut me off in traffic. Yes, motorbike users can be terrible drivers but many automobile drivers are just as bad, and when they do dumb stuff it often seriously injures or kills others. Better now, ya TOSSER? ; )

      1. I am in England, I only spend 50% of my time in Thailand.

        I don’t care if they risk the lives of their children, it is up to them.

        But it does seem strange a lizard is more important than a child as far as the police are concerned.

        Do you think it is ok to risk children’s lives on motorbikes, would you do it, I wouldn’t?

        PS, you are a temporary visitor to Thailand, you may be on a one year visa but it still has to be renewed every year with three monthly reports, you like me are a visitor, you have no right to stay there.

        As far as Thailand goes just pay up and remain a second class citizen with no rights whatsoever, but it is a good place for long holidays and is as cheap as chips for us rich Westerners as long as the airport is not too far away.

        1. No James, I’m not really “the same as you”. I live and work here. I commute on the roads everyday. I have no home anywhere else. I’ve probably spent 8 years in this country, over the last 30. The topic isn’t about visitors or residents, or 90 day reports or what rights I might or might not have. It’s about people who “use their children as airbags on their motorbikes”. That was the comment that I sort of objected to. By the way, it’s totally ok to care if someone else risks the lives of their children, and I can’t believe that you don’t. But are any Thai people getting on their motorbikes with that deliberate thought in their minds? “I’m going to put Jr in front of me so he will cussion any collision I might have”? Of course not. It’s just another of the realities of life here. Not everyone can afford a car (thank goodness). I think it can be dangerous too, in some circumstances, but I’m not going to judge something that, for the most part, works for them. Yes, we all know about the horrendous road death rates, but that is a separate issue of more connected to speeding, youth, bad driving habits (both bikers and car drivers), and alcohol. Just sayin’.

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