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
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Officials in Thailand have captured more than 46,000 animals from traffickers over the last two years. (All images courtesy of Getty Images)
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Thailand, with its highly developed infrastructure and location, is a transportation centre for the thriving illicit animal trade in Southeast Asia.
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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.
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The Thai government wants to stop its image as a place where wildlife, including tigers, are for sale.
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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.
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Feeding animals at government centres across the country costs an estimated $57,000, a month.
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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.