Corben R. (2009, March 9). Thailand Calls for Wildlife Trade Enforcement. VOA [online]. Available http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-03-09-voa34.cfm [2009, March 26]
Thailand ; Wildlife Trade Enforcement ; illegal wildlife trade ; wildlife trade ; asia ; conservation ; China ; Bangkok airport ; ASEAN
The Thai government is calling for broader regional support to police illegal wildlife trafficking, especially to China. Thailand is training more than 200 Bangkok airport personnel to assist in the recovery of wildlife trafficked through the international gateway.
A new campaign is being undertaken through the Association of South East Asian Nations wildlife enforcement network to stem the wildlife trade estimated to be worth billions of dollars a year.
ASEAN wildlife trafficking expert, Steve Galster says airports are the key transit location in the illegal trade.
"A bulk of the illegal wildlife trade is actually going through airports on commercial airlines and cargo airplanes and to put a dent in the trade you really have to go after a big part of the trade," he said.
The wildlife trade regulation training includes airport staff and freight forwarding companies. The trainees learn identification and how to handle commonly traded protected species.
Galster says ...