Sattahip Snake Farm Sells Sex Potency TonicsOfficials seized 4 python snakes from a Sattahip snake farm that lacked the documentation to possess a protected species. About 20 Korean tourists were at the farm to drink an alcoholic tonic mixed with snake galls, which they believe enhances health and sexual potency.
SATTAHIP – April 25, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; At 10 a.m., a snake farm was inspected by government officials after receiving complaints from residents that they possessed snakes listed as a protected species without permission.
The inspection of the snake farm was a joint cooperative effort that involved Mr. Phawat Lertmuka, Sattahip sheriff, Mr. Krissana Usuk, the senior general secretary, Mrs. Pikul Sopha, general secretary of Sattahip with Mr.Chawana Thongyen, domestic animal authority of Sattahip district, Mr. Kanueng Komkham, fishing authority of Sattahip district, Mr. Khemmachart Chalermmit, expert public health technocrat, and Mr. Itthisak Thaeotiang, the director of resource protection and reservation department of protected area regional office 2, Sriracha.
The snake farm is located at address number 22/27, moo 2, Najomthian, Sattahip, Chonburi. Mr. Kritsana Usuk, the senior general secretary of Sattahip, revealed that Mr. Mit Inpitak, 44 years old, living at the house number 222, moo 1, Nongprue, Banglamoong, Chonburi, was the farm keeper, on 2 rais of area.
Officials discovered a tin and weeds shelter that had 7 cages of snakes. They found hundreds of cobras, and 4 big pythons, which are a protected species, that were 5 meters long and weighed 50 kgs, which were seized by the authorities as evidence.
During the inspection, there were more than 20 South Korean tourists who came to the farm to drink snakes’ galls mixed with alcohol. A guide was telling them that that the snake tonic could enhance sex efficiency for men and make people healthier.
When officials asked for documentation allowing the farm to have possession of a protected species, Mr. Mit could not show the evidence of pythons possession to the authorities.
So the authorities sent the pythons temporarily to the Wild Animal Shelter, department of protected area regional office 2, while waiting for the documents to show the receiving of the protected animals by the owner.
The 1992 bill of Wild Animal Preservation and Protection prohibits the possession of protected animals without permission, except the kinds of animals that people are allowed to breed under the law, with the permission of the director general. For violations of this law, the fine would be not over 40,000 baht, and imprisonment not over 4 years, or both.
For the case of this farm serving tourists with snake galls and blood in the belief that it could enhance the sex efficiency, including pickled snake and snake eggs; the authorities could not halt the practice for the rest of the snakes, even though 1 gall meant 1 snake’s life, because they were not under the law’s legal protection.