26 Jan '12, 1pm

Thais' new taste in elephant meat threaten its extinction

BANGKOK (AP) - A wildlife official says a worrisome new practice of Thais consuming elephant meat could threaten the national animal with extinction. Mr Damrong Phidet, the head of Thailand's conservation agency, said on Thursday the authorities became aware of the practice among Thais after two wild elephants were found slaughtered in a national park earlier this month. He said poachers took the elephants' sex organs and trunks to eat. Some Asian cultures believe that consuming animals' reproductive organs can boost sexual prowess. Mr Damrong warned that if such acts were tolerated, Thailand's elephant population of less than 3,000 wild elephants and about 4,000 domesticated ones could go extinct.

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