Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin has called for the development of new standards for animal fights and races to boost tourism and increase tax revenue.
The minister has instructed relevant officials to collaborate on drafting a new law outlining the guidelines for the practices such as bull and fish fighting, as well as horse racing. Additionally, the law would legalize betting to generate more tax revenue and set pedigree standards to enhance the quality of the animals.
The decision follows an announcement by the Ministry of Interior allowing the resumption of these activities, which were suspended during the pandemic. Minister Somsak said the move will stimulate the Thai economy and attract more foreign tourists, as animal competitions are a longstanding tradition in many regions of the country.
According to the minister, internationally recognized rules for animal fights and races should be established to encourage more visitors, leading to higher admission fees. Moreover, legalizing betting will enable tax collection and provide additional revenue for the state to fund national development.
Somsak further noted that the new law will benefit many communities and farmers once it takes effect. (NNT)