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Feature: The Otter Side Of The Exotic Animal Trade Via Facebook

(Editor’s note: Every now and then, The Adobo Chronicles gets serious about issues regarding the destruction of our environment or removing wild animals from their natural habitat.  This feature article is in defense of baby otters)

Baby otters have become the new trend in the trade of exotic animals via Facebook

Anyone who has seen photos or video clips of otters “rafting” or holding hands, would have at some point of time dreamt of holding an otter’s hand! However, some people are taking this fantasy to another level wherein they look in the market to buy otters to keep as pets. There are many promoters that can be found on social media websites that are looking to sell exotic animals.

Most of these pet influencers operate with the motive of making a quick profit. This ends up risking the lives of many animals that are considered vulnerable in the risk of extinction index. One such animal is the small-clawed Otter that can be found in Asia. However, the current trend is not something that is uncommon. From time immemorial there have been many exotic animals that people have kept such as snakes, flying squirrels, Mexican red-legged tarantulas, thus making the otter trade only the latest trend.

The convenience of Facebook and online payments

According to a PhD researcher from Oxford Brookes University from Thailand, there has been a rapid increase in the number of posts aimed at the sale of otters.  As per his observations, Facebook is the most popular medium that is used for the purpose of offering the sale of both illegal and legal wildlife that are to be sold as pets.

In Thailand, the trade of otters is commonplace and there are many Facebook groups that exist for the same. The fact that such trade is not regulated and that most exchanges do not require face-to-face interaction between the buyer and the seller has caused for the trade to flourish. Furthermore, with the increased number of methods to conduct payment through online transactions the trade has become even more convenient.

Otters make bad pets

Despite the fact that otters are pretty, playful, cute animals that are quite the right size- with them being not too tiny or too big; they make terrible pets. This is because of their traits being more suited to exist in the wild. Unlike animals such as cats, dogs, guinea pigs or horses that have been domesticated over a period of many thousands of years, the domestication of otters is something that has been happening very recently.

It has been noticed by many researchers that otters require a lot of special care and attention. That coupled with the fact that they can tend to be very loud, leads to them being abandoned and left to be rescued.

The risk of trafficking

Owing to the fact that otters live in groups of around 15 members in sources of fresh water, taking them away from their natural habitat comes with many risks. The lucky ones only manage to get isolated and placed in bathtubs in unfamiliar places. Furthermore, the process of transportation does not allow for many of them to reach adulthood as they are deprived of the care that they could have received from their mothers.

In the current scenario, otters do not fall in the priority category in the eyes of law enforcement. There is no such legal process that is present that can aid in preventing the trade of otters. The only manner in which such a dangerous trade can be prevented is if platforms such as Facebook actually collaborate and help in finding those responsible for conducting it.

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Jollibee Mascot Denies Being Part Of Opposition Network Seeking Duterte Ouster

251E78D8-216A-4629-AFBF-3B96B3ECD1FEMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte has bared a massive opposition network, including several yellow politicians, Catholic bishops and companies, allegedly seeking to oust President Duterte from office.

Among those mentioned in Paolo’s Facebook page were Vice President Leni Robredo, Senator Risa Hontiveros, Rappler’s Maria Ressa, FilAm Imelda Nicolas, several Catholic bishops, and companies including Jollibee.

Today, a leading mascot of Jollibee came out of his costume and denied being part of the network.

The mascot, who requested to remain anonymous on the grounds that he might incriminate himself, was seen in a photo with Robredo and several Catholic clergy which was previously posted on the Vice President’s social media account.

”I categorically deny the allegation,” the mascot said. “My role in my company is simply to promote Chicken Joy and other inexpensive Filipino fast food menus.”

LTFRB Accredits 2nd Ride-Hailing Company

91F93946-9D4E-48E6-95DC-0BC012B4D302.jpegMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Filipino commuters have been complaining that since Uber bowed out of the ride-hailing business in the Philippines, leaving Grab to be the monopoly, they have experienced difficulties in booking rides, while having to deal with rude drivers, exhorbitant surcharge fees and other problems.

But thanks to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Grab now has some serious competition.  LTRFB  just accredited a second firm, a move that it expects will improve services in the ride-hailing business.

The new firm, owned by a group of Chinese Filipinos, is called Grabé.

The business name seems to ridicule the Grab monopoly which has received a lot of flak for its business practices and customer service.  We have heard customers complain, saying “Grabe ang service, grabe ang presyo, at grabe ang waiting time para makapag-book!” (The service, price and waiting time to book are ridiculous!)

So, for commuters who like to use the ride-hailing serivce, be rest assured that you will have better experience with not just one, but two companies accredited to try their best to earn your business.