Tanzania urged to rescind hunting concession to Green Mile, a company accused of animal abuses

June 25, 2016 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog doesn’t know enough about this one so will leave it up to you. If a safari operator is using semis, firing from vehicles, and running things over – perhaps not the sort of guys you’d choose to escort your small children.

From: Chloe Detrick [mailto:cdetrick@humanesociety.org]
Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2016 1:06 AM
To: paxton.bkk@gmail.com
Subject: Tanzania urged to rescind hunting concession to Green Mile, a company accused of animal abuses


Tanzania urged to rescind hunting concession to Green Mile, a company accused of reckless, atrocious animal abuses

(June 24, 2016)—In a letter sent today to Tanzanian President John Magufuli, The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International strongly urged the government to rescind its decision to grant a hunting concession to Green Mile Company Limited, an operator previously expelled from the country for appalling and abusive killing of wildlife. A 2014 promotional video for Green Mile depicts hunting safari participants killing animals with semi-automatic weapons and pistols, running over animals with their cars, shooting at animals from moving vehicles, and engaging in other deplorable forms of animal cruelty. HSUS and HSI called the 2014 series of incidents “disqualifying” and more than sufficient grounds to deny Green Mile the concession.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, stated: “It is appalling that the Tanzanian government has reinstated the hunting license and concession of a trophy hunting company known for committing egregious acts of animal cruelty and a series of violations of Tanzania’s wildlife laws. There must be consequences for the atrocious and illegal slaughter of wildlife, and denying a concession within the country should be the least of those consequences."

“It is time for Tanzania, following the lead of Botswana and Kenya, to take a sharp turn in the direction of the humane economy, creating explicit policies to protect its wildlife and building up commercial uses that leave the living capital in place. You can shoot an elephant or a lion only once, but you can watch these creatures in their natural environment a hundred or a thousand times, monetizing each of those moments. Trophy hunting, and mass slaying of wildlife, deducts from wildlife watching experiences and leaves the landscape bare of the creatures who animate it and who have characteristics to attract millions of visitors throughout the world.”


  • Tanzania is estimated to be the eighth largest exporter of hunting trophies in the world.
  • Between 2005 and 2014, the United States – the top importer of wildlife trophies in the world – imported hunting trophies of 4,970 African buffalo, 1,163 African leopards, 633 African lions, and 374 African elephants from Tanzania.
  • The U.S. has not permitted the importation of elephant hunting trophies from Tanzania since 2014. In 2015, the European Union prohibited imports of elephant hunting trophies from Tanzania. Also in 2015, Australia and France banned imports of lion trophies from all countries of export. In 2016, the Netherlands prohibited imports of hunting trophies of over 200 species.
  • Forty-five airlines have instituted bans on the shipment of the African Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, and buffalo) hunting trophies, and in some cases all trophies.
  • Elephant populations in Tanzania have suffered a 60 percent decline during the last five years according to a study released in May 2015.
  • Tanzania is one of the hotspots in Africa for ivory trafficking. The high-profile prosecution of the “Ivory Queen”, a Chinese national residing in Tanzania charged with trafficking ivory worth at least $2.5 million, is ongoing.


Media Contacts:

HSUS: Chloe Detrick, cdetrick, 202-658-9091

HSI: Raul Arce-Contreras, rcontreras, +1 240.620.3263

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated most effective by our peers. For 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 100,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read more about our 60 years of transformational change for animals and people, and visit us online at humanesociety.org.

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Chang’s View: Myanmar corruption and Einstein

June 23, 2016 by

Einstein came up with MC squared and relativity. Chang has come up with this. Hugh Paxton’s Blog is still trying to work out what Einstein was blathering on about. But these are some rather nice quotes from the man from Ulm.


Chang has cut to the bone. That’s why I employ him. Brawn and brains! Perhaps some celebrated thinkers can suggest a Nobel prize for new equations and brevity? It can be delivered to a small house overlooking a canal that stinks. You will now see the Chang equation for corruption. It might not be his equation. But he noticed it and has passed it on! Miles, as a man of science I trust your opinions and await your critical review!

From: Chang Htoo [mailto:chang19814@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:42 PM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Myanmar corruption


Acronyms are annoying. Joe Coscarelli tackles the FBI on the issue! Great fun!

June 21, 2016 by

Joe senses that acronyms may have outpaced vocabulary. Words. Language. Common sense. Hugh Paxton’s Blog thinks he’s on the right track! The whole point of developing a complex vocabulary is to enrich it not diminish it. Quite what this has to do with the FBI befuddles me.

Over to Joe and the FBI. I bet they have more acronyms than the CIA and if we piled that lot into a bucket of alphabet soup, added the UN and every other country, NGO, everybody actually we’d be able to produce a Dictionary of Nonesuch. A DON. I hated the way the September 11th horror became 9/11. We need words. To write a word you have to think it through, spell it ploperaly!

Think about it, use it with some respect.

Joe’s done a nice job here. The FBI? Fussy Bunch of Ignorants? Or just overpaid people who should be doing something useful?

Joe’s story begins.

by joe coscarellifollow @joecoscarelli

“this list has about 2,800 entries you should find useful in your work or for keeping up with your children and/or grandchildren,” reads an 83-page glossary of “twitter shorthand” complied by the fbi. (to give you an idea of how out of touch it is, the report also cites myspace as a social-media venue where the terms might be used.) the so-called “leetspeak” dictionary was obtained by an intrepid journalist at muckrock via freedom of information act request, and is a hilarious, bloated document in the war on cybercrime. beyond the basics (lol, yolo), it features many unruly and worthless acronyms we’ve never seen before and can say with some level of certainty an fbi agent never will either.

for example:

1. alotbsol (“always look on the bright side of life”)

2. bffltddup (“best friends for life until death do us part”)

3. bmgwl (“busting my gut with laughter”)

4. bogsat (“bunch of guys sitting around talking”)

5. btdtgttsawio (“been there, done that, got the t-shirt and wore it out”)

6. btwitiailwu or btwitiailwy (“by the way i think i am in love with you”)

7. dfla (“disenhanced four-letter acronym”)

8. dityim (“did i tell you i’m depressed?”)

9. dwisnwid (“do what i say not what i do”)

10. fmdidgad (“frankly my dear i don’t give a damn”)

11. fmtyewtk (“far more than you ever wanted to know”)

12. gnstdltbbb (“good night sleep tight don’t let the bedbugs bite”)

13. icbinb (“i can’t believe it’s not butter”)

14. iituwutmas (“if i tell you will you tell me a secret”)

15. iitywtmiwhtky (“if i tell you what this means i will have to kill you”)

16. iitywtmwybmad (“if i tell you what this means will you buy me a drink?”)

17. iitywtmwykm (“if i tell you what this means will you kiss me?”)

18. iokiyar (“it’s okay if you are republican”)

19. mawoy (“may angels watch over you”)

20. nalopkt (“not a lot of people know that”)

21. oosoom (“out of sight out of mind”)

22. phat (“pretty hot and tempting”)

23. pmymhmmfswgad (“pardon me, you must have mistaken me for someone who gives a damn”)

24. qwertyuiop (“bored”)

25. shcoon (“shoot hot coffee out of nose”)

26. sj (“society of jesus”/“san jose”)

27. sytycd (“so you think you can dance”)

28. tanstaafl (“there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch”)

29. wylaboctgwtr (“would you like a bowl of cream to go with that remark?”)

30. wylasomwtc (“would you like a saucer of milk with that comment?”)

31. ykwrgmg (“you know what really grinds my gears?”)

in conclusion, ayfkmwts? (are you fucking kidding me with this shit?)

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Invitation for a lecture and presentation on “ CONFLUENCE OF CULTURES OF INDIA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA THROUGH TEXTILES ” by Ms. Hema Devare

June 21, 2016 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog suggests this might be intriguing. Particularly if you like textiles.



From: Indian Cultural Centre Bangkok [mailto:dokbua.iccbkk@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 2:31 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Invitation for a lecture and presentation on “ CONFLUENCE OF CULTURES OF INDIA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA THROUGH TEXTILES ” by Ms. Hema Devare

Greeting from ICC!

Indian Cultural Centre in collaboration with Thai Textile Society would like to cordially invite you to a lecture and presentation on

“ CONFLUENCE OF CULTURES OF INDIA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA THROUGH TEXTILES ” by Ms. Hema Devare, a freelance writer and playwright

on Saturday 9th July 2016 at 10.30 hrs. at Indian Cultural Centre, 23rd Floor, Lake Rajada Building, Rajadapisek Road, Klongtoey

RSVP – 02 2615301-2
Email – iccbangkok1

Malathi Rao Vadapalli

Indian Cultural Centre,

23 Floor Lake Rajada 193/101

Rajadapisek Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110

Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00 am – 6.30 pm

Mob: 089501 7088

Website: www.iccbangkok.org

Chang’s View: Dog

June 16, 2016 by

Makes our beagle look intelligent!

From: Chang Htoo [mailto:chang19814@gmail.com]
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Dog



June 15, 2016 by

Very, yes!

On 6/14/2016 9:27 PM, Hugh Paxton wrote:


June 15, 2016 by

Oh cripes….and crimes…..so, so sad and wasteful…….is this for palm oil plantation clearance?
I feel like photocopying it and putting it about the supermarkets.
Thankyou for sharing…
The world ought to know.

On 15 Jun 2016, at 03:27, “Hugh Paxton” <paxton.bkk> wrote:


June 15, 2016 by

So sad. Yes.


From: Chang Htoo [mailto:chang19814@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:25 AM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Sad

So sad

Changs view: Birds

June 14, 2016 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog finds it hard to believe these will ever fly. But they will. My thanks to Chang for spending all day on a roof and sharing these rather ghastly images. When the feathers come we will marvel at their splendor and magnificence!

Right now they might appear a bit unattractive!

We all started that way. Bald wet, scrunched up, purple blue, pink, noisy, all that! And look at us now!

Chang will let us know how this nest gets on. I reckon the pit viper gets there first.

Cheers from Bangkok


From: Chang Htoo [mailto:chang19814@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:36 PM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Birds


Chang’s View: 4

June 14, 2016 by

Hugh Paxton’s blog got this from Chang. Never a man of many words this image shows current living conditions in his house by the canal. Guests from Myanmar (friends relatives) doing some painting here before going back. My esteemed wife showed little interest. She remarked that’s how she used to live in Japan. Come to think of it that’s how I lived in Japan during my first years! Only I slept in the cupboard. My beloved daughter was also unimpressed. “We had ten in one room during my sleepover.” OK. Maybe overcrowding not a big deal. But along with no elbow room he’s only got a microwave and a one ring stove. I’ve slipped him 200 baht for rice takeaways. I did offer him use of one of our guest rooms but he graciously declined. These chaps are in his charge and I think he wants to make sure they feel safe and protected. If he was swanking about at our place it would leave them feeling vulnerable. A nice fellow is Chang! And I like his men. Not to the extent that I’d plan to move in. But what I really like about the Burmese and Thais is that they work hard, don’t complain and can always summon a smile. Even if five of them are sharing one sleeping bag.

Cheers from Bangkok!


From: Chang Htoo [mailto:chang19814@gmail.com]
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: 4

4 and me.

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