Investigate Police for Allegedly Supporting the Illegal Pet Trade

Rhesus Macaque by J. M. Garg

Target: Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand and Head of the National Council for Peace and Order

Goal: Investigate police officers to ensure they are not allowing animals to be abused and killed in the pet trade.

Animals are apparently being abused and neglected in Thailand, partly as a result of high ranking police officers allegedly turning a blind eye to the illegal pet trade. We need to take action to ensure these police officers are investigated in order to ensure that the people who are thought to be a part of this horrible situation are being arrested and adequately punished.

Recently, the WFFT (Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand) reportedly rescued a monkey that had been living without water in a small and filthy cage surrounded by rats. The monkey was said to be in terrible health by the people who helped him. The WFFT also recently rescued a northern pig-tailed macaque that had been tightly chained up in someone’s yard for years. Even though these stories end on a happy note, situations like this are apparently not unique to Thailand, as mothers of animals are supposedly killed on a regular basis so that their babies can be sold to people who want to keep the animals as pets.

Animals will continue to be sold, suffer and die if officers of the law are supporting such actions. Demand all high ranking Thailand police officials be investigated to ensure no animals are being abused and killed because of callous authority figures protecting others participating in the pet trade.


Dear Prime Minister Chan-o-cha,

It has been alleged that some members of the police force support and therefore protect members of society who participate in the illegal pet trade. It is important that this issue be investigated in order to ensure innocent animals are safe.

The WFFT does its best to rescue animals that are either thought to be neglected or abused by the people who bought them through the pet trade. One monkey the organization recently rescued had apparently been living in an extremely small cage and woke up every day surrounded by rats. Another was reported to have been chained up so tightly that the chain cut into its stomach.

While it is good news that the pet trade is illegal in Thailand, it is alarming that there are authority figures who may be supporting the practice by protecting those participating in it. I therefore urge you to investigate all upper level police officials to ensure they are arresting people who are thought to be abusing animals in this manner. Many more vulnerable animals will suffer and die if no action is taken.


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Photo Credit: J.M. Garg

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  2. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared. ?

  3. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Corruption in the illegal animal and child sex slave trades in Thailand? Surely you jest.

  4. A horror–but no big surprise!

  5. Debra Diana says:

    What else is new with these people!!!

  6. Ana French says:

    Put him in jail


  8. Corruption and the almighty dollar at the cost of innocent animals. ?High ranking officers, jail them for a very long time.

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