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Rhino horn smuggling: Caught on Suvarnabhumi video

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Thai airport police paid Vietnamese migrant workers $500 to carry rhino horn to Thailand. 

Rhinos resting in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. A record 668 South African rhinos were slaughtered for their horns in 2012, an increase of nearly 50% compared with 2011, according to the WWF. (AFP/File: Issouf Sanogo)

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Thai airport officials linked to rhino trade

5 Mar 2013
AFP News agency, Agence France-Presse

Thai authorities said Tuesday they would seek arrest warrants for three police officers allegedly involved in trafficking rhino horn through Bangkok's main airport.

The horn was brought into Suvarnabhumi Airport in January by Vietnamese migrant workers paid $500 per trip, said Narasak Hemnithi, commander of the Natural Resources Environmental Crime Division.

"After arriving in Bangkok they were asked to put the rhino horn on a trolley and leave it somewhere nobody could see and then police would come and collect it," he told AFP.

"We have evidence, especially closed circuit television footage," he added.

In early January a Vietnamese man was arrested after leaving rhino horn worth more than half a million dollars in unattended luggage at Suvarnabhumi .

Illegal hunting of rhinos has risen in recent years to meet surging demand for their horns in parts of Asia, in particular Vietnam where they are highly prized for their supposed medicinal qualities.

A record 668 South African rhinos were slaughtered for their horns in 2012, an increase of nearly 50 percent compared with 2011, according to conservation group WWF.

The plight of the Rhinos is one of the issues topping the agenda at a major conference on endangered species in Bangkok this week, with wildlife groups urging Thailand to step up efforts to crack down on trade in ivory and rhino horn.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Breakingnews, Thai airport officials linked to rhino trade, 5 Mar 2013, AFP News agency, Agence France-Presse, link


Illegal Wildlife Trade

wildlife -  animals, birds and plants living in natural conditions such as jungle (not with people) สัตว์ป่า
domesticated animals -
animals that live with people (either as pets or farm animals)

trade - buying and selling things การค้าขาย
wildlife trade - the illegal buying and selling of jungle animals (See Wikipedia)

wildlife smuggling - illegally bringing animals from one place or country to another
illegal wildlife trade - Same as "wildlife smuggling" 

rhinoceros - a very large thick-skinned animal from Africa or Asia, which has one or two horns on its nose แรด
rhino - Same as "rhinoceros"

horn - the hard pointed things on the head of some animals such as cows or deers เขา, เขาสัตว์, สิ่งที่งอกออกมาจากหัวสัตว์บางพวก เช่น กวาง or นอ
deer horn - also called "antlers" เขากวาง
rhino horn - นอ, สิ่งที่งอกขึ้นเหนือจมูกแรด แข็งเหมือนเขาสัตว

slaughtered -
killed (usually an animal killed for food)
rhinos were slaughtered for their horns

endangered - at risk or in danger of being harmed, damaged or destroyed เป็นอันตราย
species - a set of animals or plants in which the members have similar characteristics to each other and can breed with each other พันธ์,จำพวก
endangered species

conservation - saving and protecting the environment, especially animal and animal species from extinction อนุรักษ์
WWF - worldwide animal conservation organization that operates worldwide

record - the best or most ever achieved สถิติ
A record 668 South African rhinos were slaughtered for their horns in 2012, an increase of nearly 50% compared with 2011, according to WWF.

trade - the buying and selling of goods การค้าขาย
rhino trade

linked - connected เชื่อมโยง เกี่ยวกับ
Thai airport officials linked to rhino trade

authorities - government officials; the police or people in official organisations who have the legal power to make people obey laws or rules เจ้าหน้าที่ (ตำรวจ หรือผู้มีอำนาจ)
Thai authorities

trafficking 
-  the illegal business of buying, selling and transporting illegal things การค้าสิ่งเสพติด
trafficking rhino horn

trafficker - a person in the illegal business of buying, selling and transporting illegal things  ผู้ค้าขาย
wildlife trafficker

allegedly - claimed to be true, but not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
allegedly involved in trafficking rhino horn through Bangkok's main airport.

Thai authorities said Tuesday they would seek arrest warrants for three police officers allegedly involved in trafficking rhino horn through Bangkok's main airport.

migrant - moving from one place to another อพยพ
migrant worker - someone who travels to another place or country in order to find work ผู้อพยพ

commander - a police offer of high rank ผู้บังคับบัญชา
commander of the Natural Resources Environmental Crime Division

The horn was brought into Suvarnabhumi Airport in January by Vietnamese migrant workers paid $500 per trip, said Narasak Hemnithi, commander of the Natural Resources Environmental Crime Division.

trolley - cart, luggage cart รถเข็น
put the rhino horn on a trolley
asked to put the rhino horn on a trolley and leave it somewhere nobody could see and then police would come and collect it

closed circuit television (CCTV) - a TV camera recording what happens in a place (for security and protection in case there is a crime committed)
footage - a film or video of a particular subject or event การเสนอข่าว  ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์
closed circuit television footage

evidence - facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน
We have evidence, especially closed circuit television footage.

luggage - baggage, suitcase กระเป๋าเดินทาง

attended - with a person with it (looking after it) 
unattended - without a person with it (by itself, without anyone looking after it)
unattended luggage - bags sitting alone (without someone next to it)

In early January a Vietnamese man was arrested after leaving rhino horn worth more than half a million dollars in unattended luggage at Suvarnabhumi .

demand - the need and desire to buy goods and services by households and businesses
meet demand

surging - suddenly increasing by a large amount
surging demand
meet surging demand

medicine
(noun) - ยา, ยารักษาโรค
medicinal (adjective)

qualities -
สรรพคุณ, คุณสมบัติ,  สิ่งที่เป็นประโยชน์, คุณทั้งหลาย
medicinal qualities - the things it does as medicine, the health benefits of it

supposed - claimed (but not proven)
supposed medicinal qualities

highly prized - people value it a lot (will pay a lot of money for it)
highly prized for their supposed medicinal qualities.

Illegal hunting of rhinos has risen in recent years to meet surging demand for their horns in parts of Asia, in particular Vietnam where they are highly prized for their supposed medicinal qualities.

A record 668 South African rhinos were slaughtered for their horns in 2012, an increase of nearly 50 percent compared with 2011, according to conservation group WWF.

issues
- an important subect that people are discussing and debating about  ประเด็น
agenda - a list of things that people will discuss at a meeting ระเบียบวาระ

issue topping the
agenda - one of the important things that must be discussed and dealt with in the meeting
one of the issues topping the agenda

ivory
- the yellowish-white bone that an elephant's tusks are made of สีงาช้าง
trade in ivory

crack down -
when the police start enforcing a law for a period of time (putting a lot of effort into it, with many arrests)
crack down on trade in ivory

efforts - the work done towards achieving some goal; people trying to accomplish something, achieve a goal ความพยายาม
step up efforts - increase the work you are doing (to achieve some goals and deadlines)
step up efforts to crack down on trade in ivory

wildlife - animals living in the jungle
wildlife groups - people,  NGOS and activists working to protect and help wildlife (endangered species)

urging -
asking someone very strongly to do something
wildlife groups urging Thailand to step up efforts to crack down on trade in ivory and rhino horn.

plight - an unpleasant condition, especially a serious, sad or difficult one สภาพเลวร้าย

Their plight is one of the issues topping the agenda at a major conference on endangered species in Bangkok this week, with wildlife groups urging Thailand to step up efforts to crack down on trade in ivory and rhino horn.

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