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International youtube war of words heating up in wildlife seizure case. Govt offiical threatens defamation suit over comments made. 

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Photo above of protests against the Wildlife Friends Foundation animal seizure in front of the Thai embassy in London (Source: youtube, see initial story).

CONSERVATION

Melee over wildlife issue gathers steam

22/03/2012
Apinya Wipatayotin

The National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department yesterday threatened to sue a wildlife foundation's founder over alleged defamatory remarks after he accused agency staff of failing to take proper care of wild animals it had confiscated.

Theerapat Prayurasidhi, the department's deputy director-general, said the department considered comments against the department by Edwin Wiek, founder of the Wildlife Friends Foundation, "aggressive". He made the comments to international media outlets, on his own website and in videos posted on YouTube.

Mr Wiek was dissatisfied with department officials who last month raided his foundation in Phetchaburi's Tha Yang district and confiscated 99 animals, including smooth-coated otters, white handed gibbons and great hornbills among others. The raid was in reaction to public complaints that the foundation did not have a licence to keep the wild animals.

"If he does not stop making comments [against department officials], we will sue him," Mr Theerapat said. "He has falsely accused us. We have never treated those confiscated animals badly. They are still in good health."

Prosecutors have already indicted Mr Wiek's wife for illegally possessing the wild animals while Mr Wiek has yet to face charges.

Mr Wiek submitted a letter to the British and Netherlands embassies, telling them that the department had treated the confiscated animals poorly.

He also posted video footage on YouTube, showing frightened gibbons being removed from their cages and a monkey falling into a pond as Forestry Department staff members tried to capture it.

Mr Theerapat said the animals were thrown into a panic as the foundation's staff tried to stop the forestry agents from removing them. 

"He is using the camp as a private zoo to get donations to feed his business," Mr Theerapat said.

Mr Wiek said he has done nothing wrong.

(Source: Bangkok Post, CONSERVATION, Melee over wildlife issue gathers steam, 22/03/2012, Apinya Wipatayotin, link

Conservation Vocabulary

conservation - the protection of nature to prevent it from being damaged, land, water, animals, plants (See Wikipedia)
wildlife - animals living in the jungle (See Wikipedia)
issue - a subject that people discuss or argue about; a problem that needs to be considered ประเด็น
wildlife issue - something about wild animals (and people) that people are talking about

Wildlife Friends Foundation - a wildlife conservation NGO in Thailand (See website and youtube)
NGO - non-govermental organization, an organization that helps people (or animals) and is not part of the government and is not a company  (See Wikipedia)

local - in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
melee - a large noisy uncontrolled crowd, in which people are moving in different directions and sometimes fighting with each other การต่อสู้การชุลมุน
gathers steam - starts going faster and faster; accelerates

melee over wildlife issue gathers steam

threatened - telling someone that if they don't do it, they will be punished
sue - start a legal case against someone who has harmed you to get money from them ฟ้องร้อง
founder
- a person who establishes an institution, business, or organization ผู้ก่อตั้ง
alleged - claimed to be true although not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
staff - workers, employees พนักงาน
taking proper care of wild animals - taking care of wild animals in the right way
confiscated - officially taken away as a punishment ยึดทรัพย์

The National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department yesterday threatened to sue a wildlife foundation's founder over alleged defamatory remarks after he accused agency staff of failing to take proper care of wild animals it had confiscated.

deputy - a person who is given the power to do something instead of another person, or the person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง, ตัวแทน,ผู้รักษาการแทน
director-general - the head of the organization
deputy director-general - second in command of an organization 
aggressive - determined to win or succeed and using forceful action to achieve victory or success, ซึ่งมีความมั่นใจสูง  ก้าวร้าว  (See glossary)
international - between countries ระหว่างประเทศ 
media - radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ
outlets - stores selling a product, retail outlets ร้านค้า
international media outlets - newspapers, TV channels, magazines that people read and watch all around the world

Theerapat Prayurasidhi, the department's deputy director-general, said the department considered comments against the department by Edwin Wiek, founder of the Wildlife Friends Foundation, "aggressive". He made the comments to international media outlets, on his own website and in videos posted on YouTube.

dissatisfied - not satisfied, not happy because you did not get what you needed or wanted
foundation - an organisation that provides money for things such as medical research or for a charity มูลนิธิ
raid - to use force to suddenly enter a place and arrest people or look for illegal drugs or other illegal items บุกเข้าจับ เข้าตรวจค้น  เข้าบุก การบุกเข้าจับกุม ใช้กำลังเข้าค้นสถานที่หรือ จับกุมคนร้าย
reaction - the way you behave or respond as a result of something that happens ปฏิกิริยาตอบโต้
complaints - when people say there is something wrong and they want it changed
licence - an official document from the government that gives someone permission to do or use something ใบอนุญาต
comment - a written or spoken remark giving an opinion ข้อคิดเห็น

Mr Wiek was dissatisfied with department officials who last month raided his foundation in Phetchaburi's Tha Yang district and confiscated 99 animals, including smooth-coated otters, white handed gibbons and great hornbills among others. The raid was in reaction to public complaints that the foundation did not have a licence to keep the wild animals. "If he does not stop making comments [against department officials], we will sue him," Mr Theerapat said. "He has falsely accused us. We have never treated those confiscated animals badly. They are still in good health."

indicted - officially accused someone of a serious crime ฟ้องร้อง
face charges - bring a criminal case against a person 
submitted - formally given to someone so they can make a decision about it ยื่น ยื่นเอกสารเพื่อการพิจารณา
footage - film or video of a particular subject or event การเสนอข่าว ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
capture - to catch and control an animal or human

Prosecutors have already indicted Mr Wiek's wife for illegally possessing the wild animals while Mr Wiek has yet to face charges. Mr Wiek submitted a letter to the British and Netherlands embassies, telling them that the department had treated the confiscated animals poorly. He also posted video footage on YouTube, showing frightened gibbons being removed from their cages and a monkey falling into a pond as Forestry Department staff members tried to capture it.

panic - a sudden strong feeling of fear and confusion; which makes you act without thinking carefully ความหวาดวิตก (See glossary)
donations - money given by people to help some project or organisation financially

Mr Theerapat said the animals were thrown into a panic as the foundation's staff tried to stop the forestry agents from removing them.  "He is using the camp as a private zoo to get donations to feed his business," Mr Theerapat said.

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