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Inviato da Wes von Papinešu on Marzo 13, 1999 at 12:03:29:
AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION 11 March 99 Plans for snake handling courses slammed
The Environment Department's plans to run one-day snake handling courses in north Queensland have been mocked by the Opposition.
Opposition Leader Rob Borbidge has told Parliament a snake expert had described the decision as ludicrous and suicidal, before asking the Minister if the courses come with a lifetime guarantee.
A ministerial letter tabled by the Opposition says the course, to be held at Ingham, covers snake identification and awareness and teaches snake handling.
Environment Minister Rod Welford hit back saying the Opposition was peddling snake oil.
"If they do come with a lifetime guarantee it's a guarantee I won't be extending to the Opposition leader," Mr Welford said.
"Mr Speaker, isn't it interesting to see the Leader of the Opposition addressing the big issues of the day, you know, jobs, employment, industrial relations, jobs, jobs, jobs and what's he interested in, snake oil."
REUTERS 13 March 99 Malaysia's Snake Man Ends 35-Day Stay With Cobras
Kuala Lumpur: A former Malaysian zoo-keeper Saturday claimed a world record for staying with 250 poisonous snakes in a tiny cubicle for 35 days.
Witnesses said Mohamad Noor Abdullah, better known as Mahaguru Seni, stepped out of the air-conditioned cubicle Saturday after beginning his feat on February 7.
The 51-year-old man had been shut away with highly venomous king cobras and other reptiles at a shopping center in Malaysia's northern state of Penang.
Noor, who had said he wanted break the record of his son-in-law who lived with 150 cobras for 27 days in December, was accused of being cruel to the reptiles.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) blamed Noor for the death of 40 snakes.
An SPCA official said: "Reptiles are not used to being in a cramped environment."
One witness quoted Noor as saying Saturday that he would attempt to break his own record in two or three years' time.
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