Australian diplomat to Cambodia slammed for eating endangered turtle

Australian diplomat is forced to apologise after eating an endangered soft shell turtle in Cambodia and posting pictures of his meal to Twitter Australian ambassador to Cambodia shared photo of giant softshell turtle meal He deleted the post and apologised after learning the species is endangered Species is considered a delicacy and is threatened due to human consumption

By Brittany Chain For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 23:21 BST, 16 September 2020 | Updated: 23:41 BST, 16 September 2020

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An Australian ambassador has been criticised after he shared a photograph online of him eating an endangered soft shell turtle in Cambodia.

Pablo Kang, Australia's representative in Cambodia, was forced to issue a grovelling apology after posting the images of his meal to Twitter while visiting the nation.

The Asian giant softshell turtle is regarded as a 'high status' food and is now endangered because it is eaten by humans.  

Pablo Kang, Australia's representative in Cambodia, was forced to issue a grovelling apology after posting photographs of his meal to Twitter while visiting the nation.

Pablo Kang, Australia's representative in Cambodia, was forced to issue a grovelling apology after posting photographs of his meal to Twitter while visiting the nation.

The Asian giant softshell turtle he ate is regarded as a 'high status' food and is now threatened as a direct result of human consumption

The Asian giant softshell turtle he ate is regarded as a 'high status' food and is now threatened as a direct result of human consumption

Mr Kang was forced to apologise for his tweet before deleting it after widespread backlash.

'Hello. I have removed my tweet about soft shell turtles & eels, and apologise to all those who took offence,' he wrote online.

'My intent was not to promote these dishes, but to tell people about some of the foods I was offered during my recent provincial visit.'

Giant softshell turtles disappeared from most of their habitat last century.   

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