Urban elephants ply Bangkok streets in search of tourist dollars

Urban elephants ply Bangkok streets in search of tourist dollars - AFP, February, 2009
...A report released by wildlife charity TRAFFIC last month revealed that more than 250 live animals had been smuggled from neighbouring Myanmar in the past decade, in contravention of national and international laws.
"Females and juvenile elephants are particularly targeted to supply the demand from the tourism industry in Thailand," said Chris Shepherd, senior programme officer with TRAFFIC...

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