Wow, Cites is in town...! People have jetted in from all over the world to attend the so-called Cop16 meeting to try and help the planet's wild species. However, things are not going so well for many animals like elephants, tigers, rhinos, sharks and the polar bear, plus many others. Legislation to improve protection seems to have been lost in what I call ''747 conservation politics'' with infighting and squabbling amongst the parties. Many countries have their own agenda on what and how these species can make money. Even Thailand is trying to pass legislation on crocodiles so we can export more skins and meat.
Activists from Animal Activist Alliance Thailand call on the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department and delegates at the Cites conference in Bangkok to step up action against the illegal wildlife trade. The meetings continue until Thursday. SOMCHAI POOMLARD
But when all these people leave, things in Thailand will just revert back to ''business as usual'' and the wildlife trade will continue. There is just too much money involved and too many unscrupulous mafia organisations out there. They are just too powerful to stop and the day the ''big fish'' are caught and put behind bars is the day we can move forward.
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