the Thailand daily news is the one about the
Buddhist funerals for animals.
dressed with the well-known orange robe, a bereaved
family praying in silence in front of a crematory.
very common in Bangkok, but this time, the deceased
is a dog.
animals’ lovers from the Thailand capital come to
the Toey Nai temple to mark, through complete
funeral rituals, the passing of the dog that stood
ceremony, officiated by a Buddhist priest, starts
with a few prayers, continues with a two hours
cremation and ends with a trip down the river to
spread the ash. In a capital with 15 million people,
the problem of the space in cemeteries is more and more
stringent, many people chose the solution of the animals’
cremation. The practice to
cremate dogs and cats dates from ten years ago, but, the
animals started to have complete funerals for a short time
times, even 15 ceremonies take place every day, at
this Thai temple and the ‘clients’ are not only dogs
and cats but also fish, rabbits, turtles and
monkeys. Other news is about the recently political
protests which represent a danger and made the Thai
govern to extend the emergency situation on a third
of the country’s area, including Bangkok.
anti-governmental protests backed up by the adepts
of the ex prime – minister, Thaksin Shinawatra
became violent in April and May 2010. About 90
persons were killed and almost 2000 wounded.
calm was installed but the authorities remain in
alert warning that violent elements from the
anti-governmental move of the red shirts try to
start the conflict again. Ongart Klampaiboon,
government’s representative announced that the
emergency situation lifts from 5 provinces without
political activity but it extends on Bangkok and
other 18 provinces.
International Group from Brussels remits that Thailand
should lift the emergency situation since the frustrations
could lead to a bigger wave of violence.
Thailand daily news comes back to animals. The
caretakers of the Zoological Garden in Bangkok had a
less usual idea to make the animals’ life easier in
a very hot summer.
animal, receive its food frozen. The pork pulp for
the tiger was a true challenge for the feline which
didn’t know what to enjoy first, the chill offered
by the frozen icing or the meat.
elephants enjoyed a fruit salad in ice and the
monkeys properly lick their fingers eating bananas
compote cold that their teeth were crackle; all of
these happening at temperatures of more than 35
The news also
speaks about the Russian conductor Mihail Pletnev who
appeared in front of the Court in Thailand, where is accused
of child molesting. Pletnev, the artistic director of the
Russia National Orchestra came back in Thailand after he
received the permission of temporary living the country to
participate at a festival in Macedonia. The Russian musician
totally rejects the accusation.