• 4,000 chickens buried alive

    A video was posted online showing almost 4,000 chickens buried alive. They were thrown in one by one into a pit filled with mud. Many Netizens agree that this is extreme cruelty and questioned whether it was necessary to deal with the issue in such a manner.

    The video was shared on 22 November 2019 showing officials from the Songkhla Animal Quarantine Station in Hat Yai District destroying about 4,000 chickens smuggled in from Malaysia on the day before (21 November 2019). The choice of destruction was to bury them alive in an area behind the Animal Quarantine Office in Songkhla, where illegal animals are put to their death.

    The video displays animal torture that netizens question if this method is justified. The chickens are thrown into a pit full of water. The chicken’s struggle mixing the dirt and water together creating mud, the rest of the chicken is then thrown in on top of each other filling the ground. The ones that survive from drowning are covered with dirt.

    Credit: Khaosod
    Credit: Khaosod

    The Khaosod News Team was informed by the Songkhla Animal Quarantine that there were 3,984 chickens buried alive. The chickens were seized from a group that smuggled many truckloads of chickens in from Malaysia through the border on 19 November 2019. After the chickens were seized by customs, they were brought to the Quarantine office for 1 day before the chickens were scheduled for destruction. It took many hours to kill all of the chickens as a pit had to be dug into the ground and it was also raining. The chickens had to be thrown in one by one on top of each other.

    According to the Animal Epidemics Act, Poultry animals that were illegally smuggled into the country must be destroyed to protect it from entering the market as a protection mechanism according to the Avian Influenza Universal Precautions. Although it clearly states that the chickens must die, it turns out the officials took the wrong action to kill the chickens.

    Credit: Khaosod
    Credit: Khaosod

    According to the Declaration in 2019 from the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) animals especially poultry are to be destroyed with the principle of Euthanasia also referred to as Mercy Killing. This is to poison the animals, chemical injection or inhalation, or to pull the neck, killing methods that aim to not cause the animal extreme pain. The DLD has heard about the incident and an order has been issued to the Songkhla Animal Quarantine to explain the issue.

    FB Caption: 3,984 chickens smuggled into Thailand from Malaysia were buried alive one by one at the Songkhla Animal Quarantine.


  • 7/11 girl in Songkhla returns 91K and gold back to owner.

    A girl working at a local 7/11 in Songkhla Province returned 91,100 THB, 1 baht gold chain (15.16 grams), and a 7.58 grams gold bracelet to the rightful owner. The girl found the money and gold left behind by the customer under the cashier counter in the front. Instead of keeping it for herself as many might do, she chose the right thing to do and returned it to the true owner.

    The owner Wanna Aleh 56 years old and her family went to pick up the money and gold at Muang Kham Police Station in Singha Nakhon District, Songkhla Province on 29 August 2019. Wanna picked up 91,100 THB in cash, her gold necklace, and her gold chain that she forgot in a 7/11 located inside Muang Kham PTT Station on 20 August 2019. Together the cash and items are worth more than 100K THB.

    Credit: INN News
    Credit: INN News

    Luckily, right when Wanna left the 7/11, the girl walked to the front of the cashier counter to rearrange items. This is when she found the cash and gold sitting together under the counter. If the girl didn’t walk to the front at the time, Wanna would probably come to the police station to file a report, not coming to pick up her valuables.

    Credit: INN News
    Credit: INN News

    The security camera inside 7/1 showed Wanna walking in and exiting the store. When the police asked Wanna to tell them exactly what it was that she forgot in the famous convenience store, Wanna could state accurately what was left at the counter, including what the gold necklace and bracelet looked like. Wanna was very happy to hear about the good news after realizing her big mistake.

     Credit: INN News
    Credit: INN News

    Hopefully, this story will remind you to be aware of where you place your valuables, especially in public places and it is always best to return what is not yours to the true owner. Although it is unclear why Wanna was carrying that much cash and gold together into a 7/11 she was sure lucky to get it back so quick in full amount.

    FB Caption: Wanna forgot 91,100 THB cash, 15.16 grams gold necklace, and a 7.58 grams gold bracelet while visiting the local 7/11.


  • Postman Praised for Delivering Rescuers to Cardiac Arrest Victim

    SONGKHLA — Netizens are heaping a mailman with praise Thursday for coming to the rescue of medics who couldn’t locate the home of a patient they were dispatched to retrieve.

    Thailand Post employee Saranpat Paengsri, 24, found the rescuers on June 21 just as they were lost in Khao Rup Chang subdistrict. Saranpat eventually led the ambulance to the home of a man who was suffering from heart failure.

    The team had been struggling to find the man’s location because of the neighborhood’s many soi. After receiving directions from Saranpat, the ambulance appeared take wrong turns, so Saranpat intervened and guided the medics to the correct address on his motorcycle.

    The patient was safely delivered to the hospital thanks to Saranpat’s help, rescue worker Boonrit Thongkert said.

    “If I drove there by myself, I would’ve gotten lost,” Boonrit recalled. “And what’s important is the patient had a heart condition. He already felt pain in his chest. If we got there later than we did, his condition would have been worse.”

    Saranpat’s story went viral after one of the rescue workers posted about his experience earlier this week, winning the postman much admiration on social media. Speaking to a reporter today, Saranpat said he had been working in the area for two years so knows every street and house by heart.

    “Officials and people often ask me for directions,” the postman said. “If they still don’t know the way, I volunteer to guide them.”

    Saranpat advised other commuters to ask local mailmen for help when lost.

    Despite occasional mishaps, Thai postmen are well known for their intimate knowledge of local addresses, with their skills in locating the right address sometimes going viral.

    In January, a woman received a play ticket from Britain in her mailbox even though a printing error removed all Thai script from the address, leaving only several numbers intact.

    After drawing much amazement on social media, Thailand Post said the mailman managed to track down the right home because he remembered the address had previously received packages from overseas.


  • Two killed in Songkhla after attackers sprayed bullets

    A man and a woman riding on a pickup were killed on Saturday morning when a group of assailants opened fires on them in Songkhla’s Sabaiyoi district.

    The victims were identified as Preecha Phetkaewthng, 34 and Sathiya Saisuwan, 33. Both were of Sabayoi district. They were rescued from the scene of attacks but they succumbed to injuries at hospital.

    Their pickup was found riddles with holes of bullets reportedly from M-16 rifles. The assailants ran off with Preecha’s 9mm pistol and cash.

  • Villagers in Songkhla move to high ground ahead of Pabuk

    Songkhla: Residents of a village close to the sea in Songkhla’s Singkanakorn district have moved their belongings to higher ground in preparation for tropical storm Pabuk, which is expected to land in the Southern region on Friday.

    Some rainfall and high waves have already hit the area of Hat Kaew village, forcing villagers to speed up preparations for possible evacuation.

    Pabuk is the first storm of the year and the weather department forecast it to be strong enough to cause possible damage on Friday.

    Noppadon Mongkondee, 27, said that his house is close to the sea so he and his wife started moving their belongings to higher ground as the house is at risk of being swept away by high waves.

    “Every year, my house is attacked by high waves caused by storms. This year, we are warned that Pabuk will be a strong storm, so we moved our things to high places in advance,” he said.

    Other villagers docked their vessels and moved them onto land. They are closely watching news and monitoring the situation so they can evacuate in time.

  • Police hunt for ‘Malay-speaking’ assailants after couple gunned down in Songkhla

    Songkhla: Police have released a sketch of what witnesses described as a “Malay-speaking gunman” after an elderly Buddhist couple were gunned down at their house and furniture shop in Songkhla’s Thepha district on Sunday.


    The shop house of Uthit Chanrat, 68, and his wife, Boontim Chanrat, also 68, had been among 10 locations at which insurgents carried out simultaneous arson attacks back in August, 2013.

    However, police are not yet ruling out personal conflict being behind the murders, which happened at noon on Sunday when two men arrived on a motorcycle and shot the couple.

    Police said they had watched footage of the two gunmen fleeing on a motorcycle in the direction of Pattani’s Khok Pho district, via Songkhla’s Saba Yoi district.

    Police said the man appeared to be around 25 to 30 years old and about 1.70 metres tall.

    They will compare the sketch with file photos and descriptions of other suspects in order to try to identify him.

    The gunman had covered his face with a flu mask and spoke in Malay dialect, according to the shop workers.

    Police found two spent 9-millimetre shells at the scene of the murders and are checking whether they match any weapon used in carrying out insurgency attacks in the southern border provinces.

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