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.