Why the cleanup? - November 3, 2003
The Post reports:
Mr Thanit said there were ``countless'' stalls
at Chatuchak trading in creatures ranging from turtles
and snakes, to monkeys and hornbills. Small birds,
such as kingfishers, fetched at least 1,000 baht.
There have also been daily raids on homes over
the last few days with the goal to declare Thailand
free of the illegal wildlife trade by the end of the
Why the sudden cleanup? Over the last year there as
been a concerted effort to eliminate open trade in
endangered animals and other animal parts (like ivory).
This is because on October 2-14, 2004, CITES
(Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
of Wild Fauna and Flora) world conference will be
held in Bangkok. We are kind of surprised this is
never mentioned in news reports.
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