Thursday, February 28, 2008

Burma's Illegal Wildlife Trade

Hat tip to Wagga for this disturbing find...
Bear Bile, Tiger Parts Sold in Myanmar Markets


"I've seen badly kept chimps and gorillas, but I've never seen 80 bears kept in a commercial setting in totally disgusting conditions … never having a hope in hell of getting out of there alive, and every day getting milked through a catheter in their stomachs," said Karl Ammann, a photographer who records Myanmar's (Burma)'s illegal wildlife trade.

Young monkeys, seen here on sale at Möng La's Central Market in April 2006, are still common fare in many restaurants in Myanmar and especially China, according to wildlife photographer Karl Ammann.

Militia leader and alleged former drug lord Sei Leun rules an autonomous fiefdom nestled in the hills of northern Myanmar (Burma).

13 comments:

Buzz Saw said...

I almost wish I wasn't murst after reading what is going on. Damn, I thought I posted some depressing stuff.

Ogg the Caveman said...

Almost beat you, Edgar.

It's shocking, but it shouldn't be. We should expect this sort of thing given the way they treat their people.

Akubi said...

@buzz saw,
Yeah, it is pretty depressing.

What really pissed me off was seeing the horrible treatment of the bears juxtaposed with the militia leaders estate.

@Ogg,
I agree there is a correlation between the treatment of people and animals (in fact, aren't we animals in ignore mode?).

Buzz Saw said...

Wow, I only mursted ogg by a nose.

Master UFO Caller said...

After I get my camcorder out of pawn, not only will we start my UFO summoning, live to the world, via Mogulus, but I will create commercials before, during, and after each show just like regular television channels do.

Akubi said...

Completely OT, but it's Friday so I thought I'd be less depressing: Bizarre Breast Massage Robot Ready to Bust Out

Akubi said...

"Dogs are the new children," Djuna Woods says when I reach her in her Coldwell Banker office in Menlo Park.
Although Woods' words have precious little to do with real estate, as an elevator pitch it's hard to do better than a single sentence which cleverly defines her target client and makes a sweeping generalization about our culture.

Akubi said...

No, the problem for GOP strategists is not how to inflame the troglodytic, Limbaugh/Coulter-grade sects of the party who, assuming Obama goes the distance, are already hugely terrified of the notion of a black liberal president, given how he'll surely be a slippery slope straight to gay marriage and rampant lesbianism in schools and hourly shriekings to Allah as everyone's forced to give up their guns and drive a hybrid moped to the tofu store.

Akubi said...

11 percent of American women and 5 percent of men who are taking antidepressants.
I wonder what the percentage was before the Bush Admin?

Ogg the Caveman said...

Damnit, they can have my gas-powered moped when they pry it from my cold dead fingers!

Akubi said...

@Ogg,
Better start loading up the bunker with Ding-Dongs and Coors!

Akubi said...

BTW as one commenter alluded I do wonder what Mark Morford will write/rant about after the Bush Admin.

NotAnOptimist said...

Top 5 things never to say to someone who's clinically depressed:
5. Why are you depressed?
4. I totally feel your pain.
3. You're just doing this for attention, aren't you?
2. Don't you realize how good you have it? Quit being so ungrateful.
1. Snap out of it!