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Fish Are Sobbing

Thunder at the beginning of the season tells pregnant fish to look for a hiding place,

lest they might be killed.

Hungry men would not tolerate any fish-not even the pregnant ones. May and June thunder

would always remind them.

Fishing is carried out everywhere, including those places where fish lay eggs. Worse

still, some fishing is done by means of dynamiting or electric shock, which therefore

makes the fish's life even more miserable. Until the fishing target is fulfilled,

the nation will also be harmed.

The fish wish people would catch them after they have produced their young.

You must not eat pregnant fish, because you will kill thousands of them. You must

think about the consequences.

You must help maintain this natural property, which will make our nation a glorious,

prosperous one.

- by S.V.S. (Reprinted with permission from Nokorbal Pracheachun (Peoples'


- Translated by Moeun Chhean Nariddh.



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