Thailand’s Trafficking Problem

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Thailand is known as a country that has a variety of wildlife but not all of these animals are native to Thailand. Recently Thailand has been trying to get rid of this reputation and are hunting down the people who traffic these animals. The particular animal smuggling issue they are dealing with is large cats.They started realizing what a burden it was to let this go on when feeding and providing shelter for these animals became overwhelming.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation takes care of these animals and houses 45 other tigers, 10 leopards and 13 other small felines known as fishing cats and Asian golden cats.

“It’s like having a child — there are so many details,” said Sathit Pinkul, the head of the center. “You always have to be around when they are hungry,” he said, imitating the meow of a needy cub. “We’ve become their personal attendants.”

They are moving in the right direction to deal with this problem and are set to 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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