Washington has asked Thailand to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade, citing the illicit business as a major moneymaker for armed guerrilla groups.
The matter was raised by US ambassador to Thailand Kristie A Kenney during a meeting with Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk yesterday.
Theerapat Prayurasiddhi, deputy chief of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, said ambassador Kenney asked for closer cooperation between Thailand and the US in tackling wildlife crime and smuggling. The major concern of the US authorities was the illegal ivory trade from Africa in which many Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, were the destinations, Mr Theerapat said.
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