Meetings of Cites delegates from all over the world have been taking place in Bangkok during the past week and, for the sake of all our endangered wildlife, I hope that something concrete and positive comes out from it all and that they don't just settle for a few more signatures on a few more documents generating a few photo ops and headlines for the international media.
Right in the middle of conference week, local journalists had a field day with the story of how three Thai policemen helped smuggle half a million dollars' worth of rhino horns through Suvarnabhumi Airport. The three were allegedly due to get 100,000 baht for services rendered, which consisted of pushing a loaded trolley through Customs and telling officials that its contents belonged to a phuyai and so didn't require checking.
Thumbs up to the Customs official on duty who smelled something fishy and demanded to inspect the trolley and its mysterious cargo. The trio apparently fled the scene, but were later apprehended.