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Gas effect on animal studies

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to see how many animals were affected by the tear gas that police fired at anti-government protesters early this week.

In a separate development, the Children's Rights Network comprising 10 organisations issued a statement warning parents against bringing their children to rally sites or getting them involved in political conflicts.

ThaiPBS reporter Suganda Sinkajit (@KHA_Tii) tweeted that a survey would be conducted at the Nang Lerng Intersection to see how many animals had been affected by the tear gas.

"Anybody wanting to help should meet at Nang Lerng Intersection at 10am," she tweeted.

Information available so far shows that two dogs - Foremost and Dum - have been affected by the tear gas. Funds have been raised to help Foremost, who according to veterinarians might lose his eyesight.

The dog's owner, a vendor in the area, does not have money for Foremost's treatment.

Suganda said that according to the vets, the animals need to be monitored for a month to see if the symptoms are permanent or temporary. Her group is calling for volunteers and donations. A similar survey will be conducted in four other areas where tear gas was used.

Other dogs who live in the compound of Benchamabhophit Temple nearby, is also suffering from sore eyes.

Chanpen Praphan, the mother of a novice at Benchamabophit Temple, said more than 20 dogs and cats in the temple had suffered from tear-gas fumes during the turmoil. "I gave [a dog] food in the morning, but he only blinked and his eyes were red. I gave him some eyedrops, and his eyes seemed better," she said.

Suporn Kanthawong, an employee at Benchamabophit School, said the dogs and cats had learned to run and find shelter or seek out their owners once they hear any explosive sound.

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