Thailand cracks down on animal trafficking

Over the last two years Thai officials have captured more than 46,000 animals from traffickers, doubling the amount seized during the previous two years
Officials in Thailand have captured more than 46,000 animals from traffickers over the last two years. (All images courtesy of Getty Images)
Thailand, with its highly developed infrastructure and location, is a transportation centre for the thriving illicit animal trade in Southeast Asia.
The police crackdown on the illegal trafficking of animals is putting a strain on the country's wildlife centres, many of which are already at full capacity.
The Thai government wants to stop its image as a place where wildlife, including tigers, are for sale.
Thailand will host a major meeting in March to discuss the main international agreement on trafficking, the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
Feeding animals at government centres across the country costs an estimated $57,000, a month.
WWF recently launched a global petition asking Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to ban all ivory trade in Thailand in order to curb the illegal killing of African elephants.