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Phuket beach to ban pet dogs, but strays are okay

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Don’t bring your dog to Phuket’s Nai Harn Beach. Stray dogs are fine to keep roaming, but if a new ban is passed, dog owners will face an up to 2,000 baht fine if they bring their pet woofer. The new rules comes after a visitor at the beach was attacked by 2 dogs an owner allowed to run around without a leash.

Dogs will only be allowed on the grass area adjacent to the beach under the revised guidelines. If the dogs go on the sand the owner will be fined. Signs will be posted at the beach stating the new rule and fine. Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos told The Phuket News the rule will be discussed by municipality officials this week.

“We will post signs to explain that dogs are not allowed to be brought onto the beach. They will not be allowed on the sand, but they will be allowed on the grass area near the beach, from 7am to 7pm every day.”

While the population of stray dogs on the beach have been a concern, the mayor says no one has been attacked by those dogs. The stray dogs were a problem at the beach in the past, but the Soi Dog Foundation stepped in and vaccinated and sterilised many of the dogs.

“I have been informed that many stray dogs are in the area, and some of these dogs have scared some visitors at the beach, but I have not heard of anyone being bitten or attacked by these dogs. I think they are not aggressive and have not tried to bite anyone.”

The mayor says that if anyone is attacked by a stray dog, he’ll send officers to remove the dog. He also adds that the strays are generally well cared for and don’t cause problems on the beach.

“Some people take food to give to them at the beach, while others give them food at the temple. The dogs do not get food from trash at the beach, as the trash is cleared from Nai Harn Beach every day.”

The local dogs have been at the beach for years. Some have said Nai Harn is a nice, dog-friendly beach, while others have complained about the stray dogs, according to reviews on Trip Advisor.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Another day in Phuket and another ban.
    Allowing the police another option to make money.
    How about a ban on unleashed dogs on the beach?
    Naw, the police are unlikely to catch anyone violating this ban, they have more chance of catching an owner with a dog running on the beach.
    Actually being attacked by a dog has an easy remedy, which I have used – simply throw sand at the dog’s head.

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    sam thompson

    Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Dogs on the beach…..no thank you….either pets or strays, all the same and always have the potential to bother or attack people enjoying the beach…nobody wants to stand or sit in dog poo on the sand but that is what happens….you don’t see dogs owners picking up after their dog has pooped on the sand….disgusting

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    rinky stingpiece

    Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Will the dogs get free lessons on Thai language and culture, so they can read the signs and show due deference? I guess owners can always take the dog collar off and put it round their own necks, with a TM30 and COVID insurance and test certificate tied to it.

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    James McAvoy Jr

    Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    I feed strays twice a day on Jomtien Beach and the poor dogs are having a tough time w/o tourist treats. Some owners left the dogs to lay in sand with their bowl after leaving with umbrella business. for a dog lover as myself this was too much. That is when I started my daily feeding 1 kg dog food 36 baht, 1 kg “meat cutoffs” and local market 70 baht, rice hard to calculate but not expensive. So for 3 dollars I feed 15 or so dogs that would otherwise suffer. We are put on this earth a very short time, and I did my share taking, now time to give back. Who knows gain some Karma. I am no saint or vegetarian or member of some group, just a 55 lucky enough to retire early in paradise and for less than a latte help these poor skinny dogs. (yes so are well nourished even fat, nevertheless they always seem happy and I can not say that about 98% falangs on beach

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      james

      Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      I never understand this animal lover nonsense spouted by dog lovers.

      Dogs are bred by humans to be sold and to make a profit, some are then surplus to the owners’ requirements and so are abandoned.

      Dog lovers then feed them on other animals such as cows, pork, chicken, etc, so we breed one set of animals to be eaten by other animals we breed, where is the ‘love’ in that.

      Maybe dogs should only be bought from licensed shops and there should be a licence fee of 10,000 baht per year for any NEW dog bought, that would ensure only ‘real dog lovers’ would ever buy a dog and will be unlikely to abandon them.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Why not have a unit of dog catchers? I always see a stray or 2+ together roaming in the evening on Nanai Rd.

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    albertone

    Friday, September 4, 2020 at 9:33 am

    typical racist decision: thai dogs are good and farangs dogs are bad

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, September 4, 2020 at 11:17 am

    I commend your charity James McAvoy.
    Well, keep up the good work.

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    harry1

    Friday, September 4, 2020 at 11:18 am

    can understand banning dogs on the beach in the high season when that happens ? but the beach are empty and great fun to see dogs and owner enjoying themselves. sorry to hear someone attacked never seen this happen before and a isolated incident.l support dogs for the blind people,they are indeed your best friend.l hope the local mayor realize many locals adopt the dog for their children

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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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Tourism officials slash Songkran travel expectations by half

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The TAT, ever the optimists regarding anything tourism related, even domestic tourism, predict that the Bangkok clusters that have emerged in the week before the Songkran break could reduce traffic and spending by up to half.

Today the CCSA is reporting 789 new infections and one additional death. 522 were local infections, mostly walk-ins to Bangkok hospitals, 259 were discovered through track and tracing. The remaining 8 were found in quarantine from overseas arrivals. In Phuket, another 17 cases have been reported today, taking the island’s week total to 43.

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A 68 year old man from Nakhon Pathom province died on April 4 but wasn’t reported until today. The CCSA report that he died from Covid and “complications”. 33 other former patients have recovered and been discharged.

Last week the TAT estimated 3.2 million domestic trips would circulate 12 billion baht for the Thai economy. But the Tourism Authority has now slashed their estimates by half after hotels, airlines and bus companies reported mass cancellations in the last few days. Other provinces are reporting less than 20% cancellations. Although this weekend will see a lot of travel, Songkran doesn’t formally start until next Tuesday and the TAT expect there could be additional fallout as travellers decide to have a staycation for Songkran instead heading home.

Bangkok Post reports that 70% of travellers to Prachuap Khiri Khan and Hua Hin have already cancelled hotel bookings. Similar cancellations have been reported in Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Many other provinces, particularly in the north east and north, are also enforcing quarantine on arrivals or additional paperwork to try and protect their provinces from any of the Bangkok clusters.

8 north eastern provinces rare now requiring 10 or 14 day quarantine periods for anyone arriving from areas where new clusters have been reported. Chiang Mai provincial officials say that tourists from Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi – basically Bangkok and surrounding provinces – must complete a 14 day mandatory quarantine or conduct a test for Covid when they arrive.

The reality is that the travel and quarantine changes are outstripping the ability to communicate them all. Anyone crossing into other provinces in the next few day, especially if you’re travelling from Bangkok and surrounding provincial ‘red zones’ can expect some additional paperwork or a Covid test. Or even quarantine.

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Phuket student protests and is flunked as “not loyal to the nation”

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FILE PHOTO: Student protests led to one student not graduating due to being “not loyal to the nation, institution of the monarchy”

After participating in protests for student’s rights, a Phuket student was barred from graduating 9th grade, moving from middle school to high school, charged with being “not loyal to the nation, institution of the monarchy”. The student had advocated against mandatory uniforms and for student’s liberties. He told reporters that the school started paying attention to his actions last year when he participated in rallies in solidarity with students across Thailand. The school’s student affairs office received a copy of posts he made on social media encouraging others to join the cause. The school ordered a stop to his political actions, but he and his friends disregarded warnings and violated school rules when they handed out white ribbons to classmates. They received a warning from the student affairs office.

Student protests have increased after pro-democracy demonstrations surged in July last year, empowering many Thai people to speak out against injustices, including students’ rights and liberties. People from schools across the nation have been banding together in solidarity to bring their issues to public light.

On graduation day, all the students were promoted into high school, except for the one student protestor, says the Bad Student protest group. The theme of the day focused on dedication to the monarchy, country and religion, and specifically how students should be obedient. The student said he has received support from friends, but his parents remain neutral and his teachers have been completely silent on the matter. He is frustrated that he was punished for his right to express himself. He plans on testing with incoming students to re-enrol in the same school, and if he is not accepted because of the disloyalty charge, he will pursue legal ramifications, suing the school for blocking his right to an education over the student’s protests.

The student believes he needs to speak out to prevent school administrators from imposing on more students’ rights. He advocates for diversity in schools and ending prejudices, with increased liberties and freedoms for students.

“Schools must teach children to be able to think by themselves, not force children to think like them. Schools should create opportunities for students to express their ideas more freely.”

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16 more Covid infections reported today in Phuket

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Phuket is reporting 16 more infections today. It follows visits from Bangkok and last weekend’s Kolour Beachside parties that have resulted in a number of new Covid infections. The number of new infections has reached 26. But deputy governor Vikrom Jakthee says the province has been successful in containing the new outbreak “due to its quick response measures which now include shuttering bars and nightlife venues.

One of the confirmed cases is a male teacher from Headstart International School in Kathu who, after attending the parties on the weekend, was back teaching students on Monday and Tuesday. The school has sent a letter to all parents advising them of the situation and organising testing for anyone who may have come in contact with the teacher.

The closure order in Phuket comes just as the island province was expecting to get an influx of visitors for Songkran, the Thai New Year. Many bar and club owners were expecting some increased traffic during the holiday week. Phuket officials say they will explain to bar and club owners why they decided to close the venues during the critical week for business.

Vikrom previously cited the start of the island’s Covid vaccine roll-out of Covid starting to head towards a herd immunity in time for the province’s proposed July reopening to international tourists. But he admitted that the sudden appearance of the coronavirus on the island again will force officials to reevaluate the schedule for reopening. He also said that almost all cases were in younger age groups of people in their 20s and 30s.

“Today, the number of infected people reported in Phuket has reached 26, many are from entertainment venues. This figure is relatively high. It jumped from 10 to 26 cases. We will invite operators of entertainment places in for discussions.”

Partygoers who went to any of the Kolour Beachside parties in Phuket last weekend are being asked to visit a local hospital for a Covid test. The parties hosted more than 3,000 people, drawing concern after a musician tested positive for Covid-19, having attended all 3 parties. The Phuket Provincial Government and Phuket Provincial Public Health Office released a statement yesterday advising all partygoers to get tested.

“Those who attended the Kolour parties from April 2 to 3 at Shelter Phuket Dance & Night Club in Patong, Cafe Del Mar Phuket in Kamala and Illuzion nightclub on Bangla Road in Patong are asked to get tested.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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