Phuket cows freed to honor HM The King’s birthday

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut led a ceremony at Saphan Hin on Sunday to free 22 cows and over a million marine animals in honor of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 86th birthday on December 5th.

“Making merit by releasing life is a wonderful activity, as it feels so good to give something so special,” Gov Maitri said. “It makes you cheerful and healthy because your mind is delighted by doing something good.”

This was the second animal-release ceremony the Governor hosted this month to honor HM The King’s birthday (story here).

And this is the sixth annual Phuket “freeing of the cows”. The animals are destined for Thap Sakae, a sub-district of Prachuap Khiri Khan.

“We will give the cows to farmers who can’t make enough money to provide for their families,” Thap Sakae Sub-district Administration Organization President (OrBorTor) Samniang Pukkingmuang said.

“Many farmers are struggling in the current economy because of uncertainties concerning the prices of their products,” Mrs Samniang said.

“Most of them do not have their own cows to help them in their fields,” she added.

Mrs Samniang thanked everyone involved, including the Phuket Patinitsakko (dharma) center, for contributing the cattle to poor farmers in her sub-district.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

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