Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right

your say June 15, 2017 01:00

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Re: “Did someone take that dog for a check-up?” and “Why abuse others to make your point, Eric?”, Have Your Say, yesterday.

Let’s set the record straight. I did not call Somsak Pola’s letter stupid because he condemned white people who slaughtered elephants in Africa. Obviously I condemn that too! His letter was stupid because he said that since white men hundreds of years ago slaughtered elephants, it was hypocritical for different white men to condemn the current ivory trade in Thailand. One thing had absolutely nothing to do with the other.

He also suggested I was lying when I said I was recently bitten by a stray dog. Maharaj-Nakorn Hospital in Chiang Mai has my permission to confirm that they treated me for a dog bite on June 4.

Meanwhile Clara Holzer’s letter objects to the fact that I called Suff and Thomas Turk “clowns”. Suff had written three letters calling for the extermination of all dogs while Turk has written a series of letters claiming that low-fat diets and whole grains cause obesity. I think the outrage should be directed against the people who wrote those letters and not towards me for exposing their irresponsibility and, in the case of Suff, his pathological cruelty.

Eric Bahrt

Chiang Mai

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