Australian Ambassador Deletes Tweet of ‘Farmed’ Soft-Shell Turtle Dish

After deleting a tweet showing a dish containing soft-shell turtle, some species of which are endangered, the Australian Embassy said Tuesday that Ambassador Pablo Kang had tasted the food during a provincial trip last week and “was assured it was farmed.”

In a September 10 post on Twitter, Kang shared two foodie photos, writing “Offered some of these local #Pailin delicacies last night- eel soup and soft shell turtle.” The tweet garnered at least 40 likes and 10 responses — some critical and noting that the Asian giant soft-shell turtle is endangered — before it was deleted by the user on Tuesday.

Kang traveled to Pailin, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap provinces from September 7 to 11, visiting sites where Australian development aid has supported Covid-19 safety measures and demining efforts, the Australian Embassy said in an email.

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