Ten-fold Increase in Enforcement Actions and Evidence of Consumer Behavior Change Spotlight Hope for Wildlife
Bangkok, September 15, 2016 – A five-year, U.S.-sponsored program to combat wildlife trafficking in Asia has significantly increased law enforcement collaboration and public awareness while reducing endangered species sales in several hotspots, experts announced at a press conference in Bangkok today.
On September 1, 2016, Lat Krabang Wildlife Checkpoint worked with Ivory Control Sub-Division Officials, Division of Wild Flora and Fauna (Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation), and Royal Thai Police Ivory Suppression Operation Division in inspecting ivory stores in Ratchathewi district and Nong Khaem district in Bangkok. No violations were found while 1 store expressed intent to cease operation in ivory trades.
On August 30 – September 1, 2016, INTERPOL hosted “INTERPOL Transnational Investigations into Forestry Crime” in the Novotel Yangon Max hotel in Yangon, Myanmar. A total of 25 representatives from the 5 countries of Great Mekong (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand), the UNODC and EU also attended the seminar.
On August 30, 2016, Thai officials from Ivory Control Sub-Division , Division of Wild Fauna and Flora (Department of National Parks Wildlife and Plant Conservation: DNP) inspected the following ivory stores; Baan Thai Gems Co.,Ltd. located in Dusit District, Daeng Uthai Thani store in Klong Thom Market, and Seak Kee store on Chareonkrung road.