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Park rangers inspect the controversial Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo after criticism

Caitlin Ashworth

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Photos of malnourished animals kept at zoo just southeast of Bangkok spread online and prompted an inspection by national park rangers. The Crocodile Farm and Zoo in Samut Prakan has long been heavily criticised by animal rights activists and was called a “hell on Earth for animals” by PETA, or the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The zoo is home to monkeys, African cows, bears, tigers and thousands of crocodiles. It open in 1950 and is Thailand’s first crocodile farm. It recently filed for bankruptcy. Coconuts Bangkok says the zoo shrugged off complaints of poor conditions and allegations of animal abuse for many years.

National park rangers who inspected the zoo say everything was “normal,” according to Thai Visa. The owner of the zoo, Uthen Yangprphakorn, told Thai media reporters that the animals are well cared for. Sometimes the crocodiles kill each other, it’s normal, he told Thai media.

Video footage by PETA show what they call “deteriorating conditions” at the zoo, including a bear repeatedly pushing against the wall of the pen. They say the bear pushed against the wall so much that the paint wore off.

“This kind of neurotic, abnormal behaviour is common among captive animals, who are denied everything that’s natural and important to them.”

Edwin Wiek, founder of the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, recently visited the zoo and told Thai Visa that he was “appalled” by the conditions.

“I visited this zoo a few weeks ago and was appalled by the condition almost all the animals were in… Malnutrition is the main problem at the moment, but the living quarters are way below any acceptable standard.”

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Is that a Thai motorcycle cop on the left?

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    Bill

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Toby. That was funny. I literally scrolled up.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Had to check huh?
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    lol

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      Bill

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10:15 pm

      re-check bro.

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    Shane

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    At least he’s smart enough to wear a helmet…..

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    Jim kelly

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    Why doesn’t he who has 70 billion dollars do something constructive for these poor animals? It’s happening in his own country for fecks sake!

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    Ian

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Because jim he’s in his counting house counting all his money his many brides are in the garden making him honey and along came covid and internet and fuck… with his dummy in charge

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    wilko

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    this establishment would probably be closed down in most “Western” countries.
    Thailand simply has no concept of wildlife conservation and welfare or what purposes should justify holding animals in captivity.

    Inspections areal vey well but as the laws are completely insufficient in themselves all that is likely to happen is a bit of a talk. I seriously hope that corruption doesn’t get involved.

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    Wayno

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    A third world country masquerading as a developing country

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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.

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