Manop Lauprasert and ASEAN-WEN: Close The Chatuchak Shops Selling Wildlife Illegally
ASEAN-WEN is funded internationally to specifically tackle the illegal trade in wildlife.
Literally yards from its (and CITES) office is the world’s most notorious market with shops openly selling illegal wildlife. This market is said to have sold over 1,000,000 animals illegally with no one ever prosecuted.
There can be no excuses. ASEAN-WEN should have closed down these shops years ago. Why don’t they? Impossible to know as they won’t say, so we are left to wonder if it is cowardice, laziness or something else more sinister.
One thing is certain, more animals will suffer and die unless YOU sign this petition. Every time the petition is signed the letter is automatically sent to ASEAN-WEN and 31 other relevant people and organisations.
In the words of Marc Bekoff “ The animals themselves have no say in these decisions’. They depend on our goodwill and mercy.”
Please will YOU sign now?
Khun Manop Lauprasert
Senior Officer of ASEAN-WEN
61 Phaholyothin Road, Lad Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand.
Dear Mr. Lauprasert,
On your web site you provide a CRIME HOTLINE page, but for Thailand no names or telephone numbers to call. Do you not want wildlife crimes in Thailand to be reported?
In the absence of a telephone number I wish to report to YOU shops in Chatuchak market (you know the one, just a few yards from your office) openly selling illegal wildlife every week.
You further say on your organisations web site, “If you have information about a possible wildlife crime or notice suspicious activity (specifically: the poaching, illegal transporting or sale of protected species), please report it via one of the telephone numbers listed below.” So, what are the numbers for Thailand?
You also mention on your web site in justifying the existence of ASEAN-WEN: : “All too often, the task of investigating and apprehending wildlife offenders in Asia is left to environmental agencies, which frequently lack the authority or the capacity to stop major wildlife crimes.”
Given the extremely close proximity of these illegal shops to your office (maybe you walk past them each day to your office?) and their notoriety, will you please reply to me before the end of this month with news the shops have been permanently closed and the owners prosecuted?
A Concerned Conservationist
c.c. NFWS, EU, INTERPOL, CITES.