Wildlife officials told The Associated Press that they were alerted to the practice after finding two elephants slaughtered last month in a national park in western Thailand.
Poachers typically just remove tusks, which are most commonly found on Asian male elephants and fetch thousands of dollars on the black market. A market for elephant meat, however, could lead to killing of the wider elephant population, Damrong said.
“If you keep hunting elephants for this, then they’ll become extinct,” he said.
Consuming elephant meat is not common in Thailand, but some Asian cultures believe consuming animals’ reproductive organs can boost sexual prowess.
Source: Washington Post
Damrong said the elephant meat was ordered by restaurants in Phuket, a popular travel destination in the country’s south. It wasn’t clear if the diners were foreigners.