Lack of strong laws in Thailand encourage illegal trafficking and trading of apes

To prevent illegal wildlife trading, the UN General Assembly resolution came up last year, which was reestablished in September this year. The resolution acknowledges the basis legal agenda provided by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Prime aim behind the effort is to improve international support to counter against trafficking of protected species. This is a global agreement among the governments. This is intended to make sure that global trade in specimens of different species never becomes a reason behind their extinction. In fact, the animals like tigers and lions are also in danger.

However, according to the reports, the statistics of apes in Thailand’s prominent wildlife zones is definitely not significant. These reports clearly indicate that there are serious concerns over Thailand’s interest in prohibiting the unlawful animal trading, especially the apes. In fact, it is claimed that the nation lacks impacting laws and regulations to stop illegal trading of the native and non-native apes.

A survey was conducted over 57 facilities in entire Thailand, which found 51 orangutan apes. However, the record is available there only for 21 orangutans in the 2014 International Studbooks of the Orangutan1. International Studbook of the Orangutan1 conducts studies regarding the origin, birth, migration and demise of different species in zoos or other wildlife attraction centers over the globe.

The count of non-native apes found in that survey in Thailand was also quite greater in comparison with the records as per legal imports. According to the CITES or its database, only five orangutan apes have been imported to Thailand since 1975. Moreover, there was no mention regarding the existence of any Western Gorilla or those furry gibbons witnessed during the survey. Such scenarios indeed raise concerns over the existence of these species or their survival.

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