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On the weekends of February 4 – 5, 11-12, and 26, 2017, Ladkrabang Wildlife Checkpoint, Bangkok Seaport Wildlife Checkpoint, and Administration Section, Division of Wild Flora and Fauna Protection (CITES Management Authority of Thailand) from Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation continued their combined efforts in hosting an exhibition and campaign in Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand to deter tourists from buying ivory and illegal wildlife trade in Thailand. The campaign contains exhibitions for pedestrians, information audio media in 3 languages (Thai, English and Chinese), patrolling public relation staffs, stainless and vinyl public relation signs around entrances and exits, and brochures. This long-running campaign at Chatuchak Weekend Market has been in continuation since December of 2010. Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation intents to campaign for reduction in source and demands of illegal wildlife and ivory consumption.

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On February 10, 2017, Chong Chom Wildlife Checkpoint (Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation) continued enforcement efforts at the Chong Chom Joint Border Crossing Points, Surin Province (Thailand-Cambodia border). Between 8 – 10 February, 2017, the checkpoint collaborated with the 1st Ivory Inspection Unit of Protected Area Administration Office  9 (Ubon Ratchathani) in the inspection of 21 ivory shops around the area of Krapho Sub-district, Tha Tum District, Surin Province. No irregularities or violations of the laws were found during the inspection of the ivory dealers.

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On February 10, 2017, Officials of Hat Yai International Airport Wildlife Checkpoint and Songkhla Wildlife Checkpoint (Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation: DNP) came together to work with officers from Protected Area Administration Regional Office 6 (Songkhla) in collecting blood samples of domesticated elephants for DNA identification at Mueang District, Songkhla Province, southern Thailand. The blood collection was done on 3 elephants. Afterward, officials exchanged information with the local Phatthalung Province government police officials to exercise vigilance for illegal wildlife trafficking, especially pangolins. The operation as a whole was undertaken to strengthen and ensure continued cooperation between units.

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On February 2, 2016, Officers of Songkhla Wildlife Checkpoint (Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation) traveled to Phatthalung Province and operated alongside officers from the 6th division of Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Division (Royal Thai Police), 7th Division of Highway Police (Khao Chaison Highway Police Public Service, Phatthalung Province),and 7th Division of Highway Police (Phatthalung Highway Police Public Service). The collective officials exchanged information and defined the boundaries of the checkpoint’s authority, where after the checkpoint asks for cooperation in inspecting and reporting in news related to trafficking. This encompasses pangolins and ivory trafficking, wherein the majority of violators will be using Asian roads as the main lifeline of the wildlife trafficking circles. In southern Thailand, this road is the 130 kilometers-long road located in Phatthalung Province. This cooperation was done in an effort to create an effective network and create a sustainable method in sharing information for future operations. The checkpoint received very favorable cooperation from the various units during the joint operation.

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On February 9, 2016, Specialized Border Patrol Police 2312 and 2344 (Ban Phaluka Operation Base, Chanot Sub-District, Wan Yai District, Mukdahan Province) operated in cooperation with Mekong Border Patrol Police 231 and 234 in seizing 188 pieces of Siamese Rosewood (sized 3.51 cubic meters) and 1 Pick-up truck at a storage site beside a residence in Muang District, Mukdahan Province (Thai-Lao PDR border). The seized contrabands were then sent to Investigation officials of Mukdahan Police Station for further legal procedures.

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