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Australian diplomat sorry for Cambodian turtle soup meal

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SYDNEY: Australia’s ambassador to Cambodia has apologised for consuming a dish containing softshell turtle, that are extremely protected in elements of the world.

Ambassador Pablo Kang shared a picture earlier this month of a bowl containing cooked turtle his social gathering consumed throughout a go to to rural Pailin, however deleted the tweet after drawing criticism on-line.

“I’ve eliminated my tweet about softshell turtles and eels, and apologise to all those that took offence,” Kang tweeted on Tuesday (Sep 15).

The ambassador’s culinary fake pas stirred little curiosity inside Cambodia – the place one explicit softshell turtle species will be legally farmed and bought for meals.

The meat is commonly made right into a soup that could be a significantly well-liked delicacy within the capital Phnom Penh.

However many different species of softshell are thought-about critically endangered world wide, and the images drew the wrath of on-line critics.

The Australian embassy informed native outlet VOD, the dish had been supplied as an official meal and the ambassador was assured the turtle had been farmed, and never from the wild.

“My intent was to not promote these dishes, however to inform folks about a number of the meals I used to be supplied throughout my latest provincial go to,” Kang stated.

“I actually don’t condone the harvesting of any endangered species for meals or different functions, and will probably be extra cautious about my actions in future.”

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