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6 escaped buffalo rescued by Buddhist nun

Jack Burton




6 buffalo who broke loose from a Bangkok slaughterhouse and onto city streets this morning will be saved by a nun who owns a farm for rescued farm animals. Phakjira Hatthakitchamroen, who owns Punissarapab Farm in the western province of Ratchaburi, is collecting funds to buy the animals from the slaughterhouse in the Srinagarindra area. They were spotted wandering On Nut Road next to zipping cars in a series of clips and photos that went viral online earlier today.

“We eat their kids and meat, and they help us till the earth but they have no place to live. It’s not fair to the buffalo. Farmers aren’t even keeping buffalo nowadays. I’m telling you, in 3 years we will see no more buffalo.”

The 6 buffalo will set Phakrija back about 290,000 baht. The nun says she’s received 30,000 baht in donations so far, borrowed 150,000 baht from a friend, and put down 10,000 baht of her own money as a deposit.

Saving animals from slaughter is regarded as a merit-making act by many Buddhists.

SOURCE: Khaosod English


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    Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    quick, somebody call PETA!

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    If they were ships without crew adrift at sea the nun could have claimed them as salvage.
    I consider buffalo roaming without master on the road as ships at sea.
    The nun should claim them as salvage, otherwise say finders keepers.
    I think the nun should question the price the slaughter house wants.
    I don’t believe a buffalo is worth nearly B30000. And one of them is quite small.
    Can Buddhist nuns put curses on people like witches can? If so that be the solution. Threaten the slaughter house with a Buddhist curse.

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      Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 7:54 pm

      She should CHARGE the slaugherhouse 290,000 baht for taking the buffaloes out of the street. Immagine if they had caused a major traffic crash!

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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