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Govt seizes elephant, elephant dies as wildlife NGO claims wildlife harmed during seizures, then threatened with defamation suit by govt. 

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Park wants return of 18 seized elephants

23/03/2012
Apinya Wipatayotin

A private elephant park has demanded wildlife authorities return 18 seized elephants after one of them died after being transported to a state-run elephant hospital in Lampang province.

Sri Thong, a female elephant, died at the National Elephant Institute on Tuesday - less than a month after being confiscated from Saiyok Elephant Park in Kanchanaburi's Sai Yok district.

Veterinarians are investigating the cause of the death.

Sri Thong was one of 19 elephants confiscated from the elephant park on Feb 29. The National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department officials suspected the park operator illegally obtained the pachyderms as information on the elephants' identification cards did not match their characteristics.

Duanpen Sandee, the daughter of Saiyok Elephant Park's owner, said the death of the elephant showed that the institution failed to provide healthy living conditions for them.

"The elephants look thin and under pressure," she said after visiting the elephant institute in Lampang yesterday. "The department should return the remaining 18 elephants to us, otherwise more of them could die.

Ms Duanpen said she would submit a petition to department chief Damrong Pidech, asking him return the elephants to Kanchanaburi.

She said the park planned to ask the court to order the department to return the elephants, and that it was also preparing to take legal action against authorities about the death case. 

Wildlife conservationist Roger Lohanan, secretary-general of the Thai Animal Guardians Association, expressed concern over the department's decision to move the confiscated elephants from Kanchanaburi to Lampang province, saying that the long distance and unfamiliar environment could be harmful to the animals' health.

He said the elephants should be kept at the park during the department's investigations.

Mr Damrong yesterday said he could not return the elephants to the park as the case was still in court.

Regarding the dead elephant, Mr Damrong said authorities were conducting an autopsy to find the cause of death.

(Source: WILDLIFE, Park wants return of 18 seized elephants, 23/03/2012, Apinya Wipatayotin, link

Wildlife Safety Vocabulary 

wildlife - animals living in the jungle (See Wikipedia)
wildlife conservation - the protection of wildlife and the places they live in (See Wikipedia)
wildlife conservationist - a person who works in the area of wildlife conservation
wildlife authorities
authorities - government officials; the police or people in official organisations who have the legal power to make people obey laws or rules เจ้าหน้าที่ (ตำรวจ หรือผู้มีอำนาจ)

private elephant park - a park with elephants for tourists run as a business to make a profit

seize -
take by force
seized elephants


state
- government รัฐ
state-run
state-run hospital
state-run elephant hospital

A private elephant park has demanded wildlife authorities return 18 seized elephants after one of them died after being transported to a state-run elephant hospital in Lampang province.

female - of a woman สำหรับผู้หญิง
female elephant
confiscated - officially taken away as a punishment ยึดทรัพย์
veterinarians - animal doctors 

Sri Thong, a female elephant, died at the National Elephant Institute on Tuesday - less than a month after being confiscated from Saiyok Elephant Park in Kanchanaburi's Sai Yok district. Veterinarians are investigating the cause of the death.

suspected - people believe that they might have done something wrong, but not yet proven เป็นที่สงสัย
pachyderms - another word for "elephant"
identification - the process of finding out what or who someone is การชี้ตัว การหาตัวผู้กระทำผิด
identification cards - ID cards, the card issued by the government that says who you are and which you carry with you at all times

match - to look the same as or very similar to something else ซึ่งไม่คู่ควร
characteristics
identification card match characteristics

Sri Thong was one of 19 elephants confiscated from the elephant park on Feb 29. The National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department officials suspected the park operator illegally obtained the pachyderms as information on the elephants' identification cards did not match their characteristics.

institution - here: the elephant hospital (a large organization)
provide - to give someone something that they want or need
provide healthy living conditions
pressure - stress, cannot live comfortably (difficult decisions must be made) ความกดดัน ความตึงเครียด
under pressure

Duanpen Sandee, the daughter of Saiyok Elephant Park's owner, said the death of the elephant showed that the institution failed to provide healthy living conditions for them. "The elephants look thin and under pressure," she said after visiting the elephant institute in Lampang yesterday. "The department should return the remaining 18 elephants to us, otherwise more of them could die.

submit - officially give a document to an organisation so that can make a decision about it ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
petition - to make a formal request; to ask someone in authority to do something ยื่นคำร้อง
submit a petition

Ms Duanpen said she would submit a petition to department chief Damrong Pidech, asking him return the elephants to Kanchanaburi. She said the park planned to ask the court to order the department to return the elephants, and that it was also preparing to take legal action against authorities about the death case. 

concern - a worry ความกังวล
expressed concern - said they were worried
distance
- to act in a way that shows that you are not connected with someone or something เขยิบออก
unfamiliar - not have any knowledge or experience of something ซึ่งไม่คุ้นเคย
environment - 1. all the things surrounding you where you live or work; 2. the natural world of land, sea, plants, and animals
unfamiliar environment - a place they had no experience of (did not know, had never been to before)
autopsy - when the doctor cuts up a dead body (corpse) to look for the cause of death (See Wikipedia)

Wildlife conservationist
Roger Lohanan, secretary-general of the Thai Animal Guardians Association, expressed concern over the department's decision to move the confiscated elephants from Kanchanaburi to Lampang province, saying that the long distance and unfamiliar environment could be harmful to the animals' health.  He said the elephants should be kept at the park during the department's investigations. Mr Damrong yesterday said he could not return the elephants to the park as the case was still in court. Regarding the dead elephant, Mr Damrong said authorities were conducting an autopsy to find the cause of death.

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