By Mil Arcega
29 June 2006
A recent survey by
Customs officials at
"They have been put into these sacks as you can see, and their movement was restricted and they are not in very good condition,” he said. “We try as fast as possible to take them to the wildlife breeding center at Ratchaburi where we have a big pen so we can release them and feed them.”
Pangolins are a prized delicacy in
Although a new survey conducted by
"They consume wildlife to ensure that other people know how rich they are," he said. "Consumers in
Fewer restaurants are serving wild animals since the outbreak of avian flu and SARS or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Still, the survey shows the wholesale market for wild animal products has grown more than 20 percent.
"We encourage the Chinese people, with all their great wisdom and ingenuity, to take the lead globally, to show people and nations what must be done, and how to do it," said Trent Steve, president of Wild Aid, a group dedicated to fighting illegal animal trafficking.
Wild Aid says the use of bear parts in traditional Chinese medicine is one reason why most bear species are declining around the world. Eighty different varieties of wild animals were found in Chinese markets during the survey, including a number of endangered species.