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Petitioning CITES and 14 others

CITES Thailand: Close down the shops in Chatuchak market selling illegal wildlife

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. It fails totally.

In Bangkok there is a market where every Sunday some shops openly sell wildlife which in theory is legally protected. It’s been this way for 10-20 years. Over a million animals are believed to have been sold through this market which is literally in walking distance from the CITES Thailand office.

The Chatuchak market is notorious. There must be dozens if not hundreds of news reports on Google making reference to illegal wildlife openly on sale.

Why CITES and the local police allow the shops to remain open. Why? We can only guess. Anyone who has lived or worked in Bangkok is likely to know.

Please will you now join us in signing this petition? It’s easy to do and takes less than two minutes to do. When you do it automatically triggers a letter to fifteen key CITES officials who have a responsibility to close down these shops.

On behalf of the animals, our sincere thanks for caring and helping.

Nature Alert

Letter to
Juan Vasquez
and 12 others
John Scanlon
Thailand police
CITES Thailand
Thailand police
Jonathan Barzdo
Adisorn Noochdamrong
Thailand police

Mr Adisorn Noochdamrong
CITES Office
National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department
61 Phaholyothin Road, Chatuchak

Dear Mr. Adisorn,

Everyone knows:

- the world’s most notorious illegal wildlife market is within walking distance of your offices.

- this market alone may have traded illegally over 1 millions animals destined for collectors and also restaurants.

- CITES is supposed to prevent such illegal trade.

What no one can understand is, why you don’t close down these shops?

Don’t you and your colleagues in the Thai Forestry Police and ASEAN-WEN feel even a tinge of guilt or embarrassment? I mean, there you all are pretending to enforce CITES and getting paid well for your jobs, when you really close your eyes to this most blatant of illegal wildlife trade every Sunday for more than a decade.

Tell me Mr. Adisorn, how does it feel to know you make it easy for people to buy and sell legally protected species when you are paid to protect them? What is it like to be paid to enforce CITES, but not do so?


Only when these shops are closed down will we stop writing – and not before.

CITES very own motto says: Act now because tomorrow may be too late for the animals. Why not give it a try Mr. Adisorn?

Yours sincerely,

A Friend of the Animals

P.S. By the way, do you still have those 12 orangutan stolen from Indonesia or, have they been given away or sold to Thailand’s truly dreadful zoos?

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