Both WFFT and ENP feel they have been targeted for speaking out on the recent elephant killings at Kaengkrachan National Park and Kuiburi National Park, and the involvement of officials, politicians and wealthy businessmen.
The ENP was founded by Sangduen (Lek) Chailert who has won numerous conservation awards including Hero of the Planet by the Ford Foundation, Hero of Asia by Time Magazine in 2005 and the Earth Day Award. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, BBC and in print media throughout the world. The ENP and WFFT both have an international reputation as having the the best animal rescue facilities, setting the standard in Thailand for elephant care and wildlife rescue. http://www.wfft.org/
As I write this letter, the Department of National Parks are currently forcibly removing 103 animals from WFFT which they claim the organisation does not have relevant paperwork. They do have the paperwork. This is being done using sticks to scare the animals leaving them bleeding, kicking unconscious animals, many of who are sick and injured, into small cages and without anaesthesia.
This is blatant corruption and bullying in an attempt to silence the organisation's leaders from being outspoken against the illegal wildlife trade and recent finds of slaughtered elephants in nearby national parks, for which corruption amongst Thai authorities is suspected.
Please please help. The last time the DNP confiscated animals they were never seen again!