Hippo manure

18 05 2019

The Bangkok Post has a fluff story on all of the animals that have been removed from the Dusit zoo and how “happy” one hippo is. Perhaps the editor felt that people needed to know that 897 animals had been removed and resettled. Not a single one has died, been tortured, garroted and disemboweled or forcibly disappeared.

We make this point because while the story explains that “the Zoological Park Organisation (ZPO), which falls under the auspices of the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King,” it tells  (necesary?) untruth when it states the “ZPO decided to close Dusit Zoo.” In a truthful statement it adds that the ZPO “is now building a larger replacement on 300 rai of land donated by … the King in Pathum Thani.”

The truth that the Post seems unable or unwilling to mention is that the king decided he wanted the land where the Dusit zoo had sat for decades and took it, throwing out the zoo and all its animals years before a new zoo will be ready (see here, here, here and here).

Of course, the zoo isn’t the only place inconvenienced and homeless because of the king’s land acquisitions. Several universities were ditched, the Red Cross lost a fair ground, and most symbolic of all, the parliament has nowhere to meet.

All of this seems to revolve around aggrandizement, wealth and rolling back 1932.

 


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