Thailand's evil trade

2019-03-03 10:11:00

The World Wide Fund for Nature called last week for a ban on all wildlife products from Thailand and urged tourists not to visit the country until it stops its trade in rare species. Thailand is the laundering point for illegal trade in wildlife from all over the world, says the WWF. Protected species of animals and plants are smuggled out of Latin America, Africa or neighbouring Asian countries and sent to Thailand, where they are given export permits and shipped all over the world. Although Thailand is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, it has no laws which would control the import of non-Thai species. Tiger and lion cubs, gibbons and the endangered hyacinth macaw can be bought easily in the weekend market in Bangkok. ‘Thailand is truly the wildlife supermarket of the world,’ says Stephen Broad, wildlife investigator with TRAFFIC,