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Mahout sues over elephant seizure

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A mahout from Surin claims the government has seized and mistreated his elephant, and is asking for help to file a lawsuit against state officials who have put the animal at death's door. 

Naetiwin Amorsin, the owner of a four-year-old female elephant, Phang Taengmo, submitted a complaint with Surapong Kongchantuk, a member of the Lawyer's Council of Thailand’s human rights committee, on Monday. The lawyer said he would act on the petition unless the state moved quickly to return the elephant.

The mahout asked for legal action against the Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation (DNP) for unfairly confiscating his elephant, and for putting the animal at risk of "imminent death" because of poor treatment.

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