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Maya Bay closed indefinitely

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Maya Bay closed indefinitely | The Thaiger

Maya Bay is to remain closed indefinietly.

The four month closure of Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi has failed to restore the beach area as anticipated.  So the national parks authority has issued a letter extending the closure of the bay.

Sanook is reporting that no date has been announced when the famous bay would be re-opened again to tourism – just that the area needs to recover first.

The order refers to both Maya Bay and Lo Sama Bay in the Hat Nopparat Thara – Moo Koh Phi Phi national park, Krabi.

Worapot Lomli, the chief of Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Ko Phi Phi says, “more than 1,000 corals are being installed at Maya Bay. Trees are also being planted on land nearby. Experts realise that it is too fast to open Maya Bay at this stage.”

The original order closing the bays was announced in May and effective from June 1st until the end of September. An initial month was added to the recovery period but has now been extended indefinitely

Some experts say that four months was not sufficient to allow the area to recover, a situation now accepted by head of Thai national parks Thanya Netithammakun in his letter ordering the continued closure.

SOURCE: Sanook

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Soi Dog Foundation responds to rabies and dog registration stories

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Soi Dog Foundation responds to rabies and dog registration stories | The Thaiger

PHOTO: Bangkok Thailand Soi Dog

Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation has sent The Thaiger a response to an article published on October 16. The story was sourced from our Bangkok partners ‘The Nation’ and, according to Soi Dog, contains some glaring inaccuracies. You can read the original article HERE.

We reprint the response from the Soi Dog Foundation below…

“The Department of Livestock Development (DLD) carries out a survey, twice a year, in an attempt to count the number of dogs and cats in the country, both owned and stray. In 2016, it counted 7.3 million dogs and 3 million cats in Thailand, excluding Bangkok. This year the number of dogs was recorded by the DLD as 7,770,969, excluding Bangkok.

We at the Soi Dog Foundation carried out a census of free roaming dogs in Greater Bangkok two years ago and came up with a figure of 640,000, so a realistic number for dogs nationwide is somewhere around 8.4 million, not – as your story states – 820,000.

Another figure given in your story is that 40 per cent of stray dogs in Thailand could carry the rabies virus. If this were true, there would be hundreds of human deaths a year, if not thousands, and the carcasses of dead dogs would be scattered all over the place.

A story published by The Nation on September 28 (“Expert says rabies still not under control and official statistics may be misleading”) gave a DLD figure of 15.3 per cent for the first nine months of this year.

But even that is highly suspect. It was based on a very small sample – just 8,472 dogs. And those were 8,472 dogs that had been caught by the DLD, and their brains examined post mortem for the virus because they were believed to be rabid.

Plainly, to base a percentage infection rate on a sample made up entirely of dogs that are already suspected to have rabies is utterly misleading. It would be like saying, “We checked a bunch of people thought to have diabetes and found that 15 per cent of them did indeed have diabetes.”

The real figure must be much lower. We believe it is between 1 and 4 per cent.

At the root of all the problems being discussed is, in fact, Thailand’s ineffective garbage disposal problem system, which allows a high number of dogs to survive and even get fat by scavenging from trash bins.

Trying to remove 8 million-plus dogs to “shelters” is futile, and carrying out culls (which would probably be illegal under the Cruelty Prevention and Welfare of Animals Act of 2014) would be equally ineffective. Here’s why:

  • The cost of building shelters to hold 8.4 million dogs would be astronomical and the annual budgets for running them would equally expensive. It would be a huge drain on the national treasury.

  • Dumping dogs in government pounds would probably lead to large scale suffering and death, as was seen earlier this year when, as a result of the rabies panic, 3,000 dogs were crammed into the government animal quarantine facility in Nakhon Phanom. In just weeks, around 2,300 died from disease, starvation and wounds from fighting.

  • Dogs that were not caught in this proposed nationwide roundup, or which avoided being killed in a nationwide cull, would swiftly move into the territories of the dogs that had been removed, breeding rapidly and replacing them.

  • A female dog can have up to three litters of pups a year, each litter averaging seven pups. This means that one female and her offspring – and their offspring and so on – can become 67,000 dogs in six years. This is why an extended campaign of “catch, neuter, vaccinate and release” is so effective.

  • Even if all the dogs could be removed, the garbage problem remains, Other species would take over, notably cats, who breed even more rapidly than dogs, and monkeys. If they, too, were impounded – and cats and monkeys are far harder to catch than dogs – then the country would see an explosion in rat and mice populations. Outbreaks of bubonic plague transmitted by rats and their fleas would be far more frightening than rabies.

As we have seen in Phuket, large scale sterilisation, coupled with vaccination, works, not only in reducing numbers but also in eliminating rabies. It does require large scale investment, though far less than sheltering would, and spread over several years.

As to the issue of compulsory licensing of pets, whether there is a fee or not, we believe this is not a viable solution. It has been tried by other countries and then abandoned because the majority of dog owners – numbering in millions – simply decided not to comply.

Does Thailand have the resources to find, arrest and bring to court millions of dog owners, in order to extract small fines from them, always assuming that the authorities can prove in the first place that the dogs actually have “owners”?

We doubt very much that the government will find this is an effective measure for controlling Thailand’s population of strays, reducing abandonments or reducing the spread of disease. Indeed, it is likely to have the opposite effect.

SDF Founder John Dalley, Soi Dog Foundation, Phuket

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Fire destroys plastic water pipes in Rassada

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Fire destroys plastic water pipes in Rassada | The Thaiger

PHOTOS & VIDEO: Kritsada Mueanhawong & Newshawk Phuket

Last evening (Monday) a fire swept through a storage area for huge pipes in Rassada which were to be used for the Phuket City Municipality flood problem-solving project.  No injuries was reported as the blaze engulfed the storage area.

At about 6.30pm, at the rear of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (OrBorJor) hospital, a fire started where piping for the Phuket City Municipality flood relief project were being stored.

Firefighters with five fire engines arrived at the scene to discover the blaze. It took more than an hour to bring the fire under control.  In the meantime social media was abuzz with the plumes of black smoke which could be seen from kilometers away. About 30 plastic water drain pipes were damaged with an estimated replacement value about 6 million Baht.

52 year old Rapeepong Songtawee, a staff member of the Siampan Wattana Company says “the company is renting the area for about one year to store this infrastructure equipment which was to be used in the construction on Surin Road, Phang Nga Road and Soi Weerapong Hongyok. No one was taking care of this place.”

Kongka Sangmuang, the head of worker camp nearby, says he noticed the fire start. So he called other workers to help put out the fire.

Mr Kongka told police that he also saw 35 year old Surapit Tipprasong who always drinks in this area, was drinking alcohol before the incident happened. When the fire started he ran out from the storage area. Mr Surapit was taken to the Phuket City Police Station to assist police with their enquiries.

Mr Surapit insisted he didn’t know anything about the fire. Police have charged him with being drunk and disorderly in public.

At no stage was the OrBorJor hospital under any threat from the fire.

Forensic Police are continuing their investigation to find the cause of the big fire.

PHUKETA big blaze at the rear of the Or Bor Jor hospital in Rassada. The fire is reported to have started in big rubber pipe storage area. More information to follow. Thanks to Newshawk Phuket for the video.

Posted by The Thaiger on Monday, October 22, 2018

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Phuket Administrative Court officially opens

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Phuket Administrative Court officially opens | The Thaiger

The Phuket Administrative Court has been officially opened which provide service for the Krabi, Phang Nga, Ranong and Phuket provinces. The Administrative Courts adjudicate on cases relating to people and private business versus state-run departments, enterprises and political entities.

The official launch ceremony was held this morning at the new Phuket Administrative Court in Mai Khao and led by Piya Patangta, President of the Supreme Administrative Court, the Phuket Governor Pakkapong Tawipat and Somyot Wattanapirom, director-general of Nakhon Si Thammarat Administrative Court who is currently temporarily acting as the director-general of the Phuket Administrative Court.

Director-general Somyot says, “the new Phuket Administrative Court covers an area of 26 rai of land in Mai Khao which will operate for the Krabi, Phang Nga, Ranong and Phuket provinces.”

“In the past five years there have been 867 cases of which 367 cases were related to Krabi, 147 cases for Phang Nga, 62 cases for Ranong and 291 cases for Phuket. These cases have been sent to Nakhon Si Thammarat Administrative Court in the past.”

“Now a full administrative court has been set up here in Phuket. So that cases process will be faster than before.”

The Phuket Administrative Court is located in Mai Khao near the top of the island for easier access for Ranong, Krabi and Phang Nga people.

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