Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 12:11:49 +0800|
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From: Lynn August Linse <linsela@ROBUSTDC.COM>
Subject: FWD: TH: Temple Dogs f Ugly Tourism
Temple dogs now go hungry as monks have less to give
From Reuter, in The Nation (Bangkok)
AYUTTHAYA (Thailand) -- The old Thai saying "Temple dogs never
starve to death" may no longer be true as a deepening economic
crisis takes its toll on Buddhist temples, traditional
sanctuaries for stray and abandoned dogs.
Phra Sunthorn Watanakorn, abbot of the Watklang Temple in the
northern outskirts of Bangkok, said more Thais, unable to feed
another mouth at home, were dropping off their pet dogs at
But with more than 300 dogs in his care now, he said feeding was
becoming expensive for the temple, which is also feeling the
pinch from one of the country's worst economic slumps.
"I used to feed the dogs twice a day but these days we can only
afford one meal a day for them," he told Reuters.
"One temple said that even its monks did not have enough food to
eat and they could not feed their dogs. So they transferred over
50 dogs to my temple."
He added: "I love dogs and I will never turn them down if they
are brought to my temple. But I want to appeal to people who
leave their dogs with us to also bring food for them and share
some of our burden."
Meanwhile, many Thais have been turning to illegal lotteries in
an attempt to reverse their fortunes.
For many of them, according to The Nation, life is meaningful
only on three days each month -- the 1st, 16th and 20th when the
lotteries are held.
The underground lottery business is thriving under the flagging
economy, with a growing number of people betting on "lucky
numbers", the paper said.
Bookmakers claim that customer numbers are rising -- and so are
the earnings from the sale of the lottery tickets.
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