Why the cleanup?

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 year.
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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