Monday, March 19, 2007
Inside Bangkok's illegal wildlife trade
I haven't been to Bangkok, Thailand, in more than 10 years, and a lot has changed since then. This city's growth has been explosive. There are now highways built on top of the old highways I remember, though the roads still seem clogged through much of the day, just as they were 10 years ago.

We've come to Southeast Asia this week to focus on trafficking. When most people hear that word, they probably think about drug trafficking, and that is clearly the major item being trafficked around the world, but many of the criminal enterprises that smuggle drugs use the same routes to traffic women and children and also animals.

We'll head to Cambodia later this week to investigate the trafficking of women and children in the sex industry, but tonight, we are investigating the illegal wildlife trade in Thailand. Bangkok has become a major hub for the buying and selling of endangered and threatened species.

Over the weekend, our hidden cameras captured several endangered primates and turtles being sold in shops in the market. Today, my crew and I went along with Thai police as they raided the main animal market here in Bangkok. It was an interesting experience, though also a frustrating one for police and animal welfare workers.

When the police arrived, many of the shops were locked-up, and under Thai law, the police couldn't break-in. They did manage to recover more than 100 birds. The conditions in which they were kept were pretty depressing. A bunch of the birds were dead, lying in the bottom of dirty, cramped cages. But it wasn't a big find, and no arrests were made.

We are traveling this week with wildlife biologist Jeff Corwin, who also joined us recently in the Amazon rainforest. We also are working with Steve Galster, who is helping Thai police on behalf of a conservation organization.

This past weekend, Jeff and Steve crossed the border into Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and tonight, Jeff will show you the illegal trade in animal parts and skins. A lot of animals are being killed for "medicinal" use in Asia. Rhino horns and tiger claws and all sorts of body parts are dried and ground up. It's a multi-billion dollar business, and a number of species are nearly extinct because of it.

Tonight's program will be broadcast from the main animal market in Bangkok, so it should be a pretty colorful show.

The other major focus tonight will be Iraq. We'll talk to Michael Ware, who has been covering this war from the beginning, and we'll also hear from New York Times reporter Michael Gordon. See you soon!
Posted By Anderson Cooper: 3:54 PM ET
Will you find out about the tragic practice in some Asian nations of cutting off sharks' fins then throwing them back into the water. It's unbelievable that the governments don't make this illegal. I guess shark fin is a highly prized delicacy and medicinal thing, but animal conservation appears to be non-existent in some Asian areas. Thank you.
Posted By Anonymous xtina - chicago IL : 4:08 PM ET
Hey Anderson, You're right. Many of us think of trafficking as it applies to drugs. I never realized it was such a problem with endangered species. Looking forward to your reports this week as you and your team investigate and uncover this horrendous practice. Judy
Posted By Anonymous Judy, Hatfield, Pa : 4:21 PM ET
What is the difference with Thai laws that they cannot collect the birds? I'm also interested to know how much the U.S. and Canada allows people from Asia to be brought into our countries for illegal human trade. I hope your story covers how much our own people are involved in it.
Posted By Anonymous Nicki, Calgary, Alberta : 4:24 PM ET
Can't wait to see your reports tonight. The black marketing of the exotic birds is horrible. How they pack so many into one cage and they just let them die. Too bad your outting didn't catch some of the criminals. Maybe you'll can witness some being caught on in the week. And show it to us.

Jeff and Steve's outting seems interesting too. How they kill these beautiful animals for their coats and other body parts is just crazy! But people will do anything for money!

Stay safe and have a great time! Don't work too hard! Enjoy yourself! Everybody needs a break every now and then.
Posted By Anonymous Cynthia, Covington, Ga. : 4:25 PM ET

Is it safe to assume then, that the killing and mutilation of rhinos, elephants and tigers is not that much improved as one would hope after all this time?

I cannot comprehend wearing animal fur at the expense of killing the animals and bringing about their extinction, nor can I stomach the thought of consuming dogs, cats, etc. Yet we think nothing of dining on our "domestic" animals on a daily basis. Is it possible then, that our fare depends greatly on where our ancestors resided, and what they considered allowable?

Sorry, I still won't touch Bambi, Rocky and their friends, no matter what others find delicous.

Posted By Anonymous Maggie, GV, MO : 4:32 PM ET
Anderson: it's great to see you back on the blog again; you're really missed when we don't hear from you for awhile. Looking forward to your animal traffic segment from Bangkok; anything to do with wildlife (& the abuse thereof) fascinates me. So glad Jeff Corwin will be joining you again -- he is a fountain of information. Hope you got all your shots in before you left, don't want any SouthEast Asian critters invading you.

Diane in Tustion
Posted By Anonymous Diane Behr, Tustin, CA : 4:37 PM ET
Anderson - I am looking forward to tonight's show, as I am a college student (although not your usual college age) in biological anthropology this semester and we have studied the illegal bushmeat trade that is endagering many animals. We know that the police are having a very difficult time trying to capture these hunters, many of whom are just trying to support their families.

Can it be stopped or even curtailed unless we here in the US refuse to pay for these illegally hunted animals?
Posted By Anonymous Sue, Laguna Niguel, CA : 4:38 PM ET

Glad to hear that you and your team made it to SouthEast Asia all in one peice. What a facinating story tonight should be. You are right, I never in a million years would have thought people were trafficing wild species of seems almost surreal.

I can not wait to see Jeff and you reporting from Bangkok......colourful sounds so intriging.

I would like to suggest that you and Jeff come to northern Canada to do part of this series on the polar bears/penguins and seal hunts that are happening up here every year.

Again, safe travels to you and you crew.
Posted By Anonymous Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada : 4:45 PM ET
Hey Anderson,
Whatever they are trafficing,you know it has an impact. Whether it's drugs,it affects the ones taking it & their families. If it's animals, it affects the environment, but the worst, in my book is women & children trafficking as sex slaves. It will never sink into my head and into my heart how they are able to dehumanised people like that,especially children.
Trafficking is about power and greed, but sex trafficking is pure evil in my book.
Have a safe trip,all of you.Have a great show.

Joanne R.
Laval Quebec
Posted By Anonymous Joanne R.Laval QUebec : 4:47 PM ET
Welcome back to the blog Anderson! We missed you!!
I always enjoy it when you go out in the field to track down the stories.
I think you made a good choice with the shots---I sure wouldn't want some bug to lay their eggs in my leg!

Stay safe and I'll see you tonight.
Posted By Anonymous Jessica, Milwaukee WI. : 4:58 PM ET
I used to travel to India on business, and one time I saw a man with a monkey at the airport. When we got ready to board, he put the monkey under his jacket and got on the plane! That kind of smuggling probably doesn't go on anymore, but what does go on is even worse.

Thank you for reporting stories that don't get reported anywhere else. And for travelling so far to get the stories! I look forward to tonight's show. Take care of yourself and stay safe. (I'm glad you got your shots.)

Boulder, Colorado
Posted By Anonymous Linda, Boulder, Colorado : 5:02 PM ET
What progress is there in changing the Thai laws to provide protection for these animals? Is this a case of the officials seeing more profit in the the animal trade business than in protecting them? Seems the shop owners know more about the law and how to use it to their advantage.
Posted By Anonymous Cindy, Seattle WA : 5:03 PM ET
Wow, two Anderson posts in a row! Keep em' coming!

I'm glad to see that Jeff is going to be back on, though slightly dissapointed at the lack of sloth action going on. Irregardless, I am looking forward to your reports from Thailand.
Posted By Anonymous Amanda, Tallahassee FL. : 5:13 PM ET
I am glad that you and your crew made it there safe. I look foward to your reports this week. I hope to see you hold some cute animals again tis time.Thanks for bringing these issues to our attention. I am sure we will learn alot from you all.
Posted By Anonymous Terrie Ford Prince George, VA : 5:30 PM ET

With the secured and anonymous transactions, you can find and buy online all the animals you want. Do you think this trafficking has seriously grown those last years, helped by this technology? What are the real measures to suppress this trafficking? I can�t wait to see your reports tonight.
To the whole AC 360 crew: stay safe!
Posted By Anonymous Delphine, Paris, France : 5:33 PM ET
Hey Anderson!

I'm so glad you're telling this story. Your broadcast's dedication to this environmental theme is admirable. It is often too easy for Americans to stay ignorant of other parts of the world. I really believe so many people would at the very least want to learn more about this subject through watching your program. So, thank you!

Oh and I'm so excited to see Jeff again he's amazing. Stay safe!
Posted By Anonymous Chole Red Bank, NJ : 5:35 PM ET
Dear Anderson,

Since I mentioned the black market trade in wildlife to you through past e-mails, and to you and Charlie in last week's blog comments, I was thrilled to hear that you are focusing on the problem of illegal wildlife trade tonight!

I doubt that people realize what a huge problem this is. Many live animals, especially endangered species, are sold to private collectors or laboratories. As you mentioned, some of the animal horns and organs are used in traditional Asian "medicines." The most popular being Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM). They are used for "curing" everything from infections to arthritis to fevers, and even sexual dysfunction. These "medicines" are even sold in places like the United States and England. Other animal parts are used to create "decorative objects." Unfortunately, according to the Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking(CAWT), many consumers unknowingly purchase products made from banned substances, especially when they travel overseas, because they are unaware of this problem.

As you said, this is a big "business." Based on what I know, the people who traffic in these products can be aggressive and dangerous, how did you protect yourselves during these raids?

I hope that your report will educate people and stop, or at least reduce the black market trafficking in these precious animals. Thanks so much!

Be careful and take care,
Jo Ann
Posted By Anonymous Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 5:36 PM ET
Hey Anderson -

The next time you hear the words "Trust Me" come out of Jeff Corwin's mouth, I'd make Charlie be your "royal taste tester" (so to speak). After all, isn't it part of the producer's job to make sure the "talent" is kept safe?

All kidding aside, I hope everyone comes back safe and sound and I'm looking forward to receiving an education about the illegal wildlife trade in Asia.
Posted By Anonymous Joan, Lansing, MI : 5:37 PM ET
any kind of trafficking is sad ,animals trafficking has increased many fold in that region with increased poverty ...but human trafficking particularly children , it totally kills me . I think middle East particularly Dubai also plays a big role in this .

stay safe in this adventure and hope Thai food gives a kick...
Posted By Anonymous Rupa ,Boston.MA : 5:39 PM ET

Thank you for your chatty blog. It sounds like it will work out better to broadcast from Thailand than it did from the Amazon. I am looking forward to seeing your report. I am curious if you will find out info on who buys these animals and animal parts. Is it viewed as Ok to break the law? How serious are these laws taken? I hate to ask but do some of these animals wind up in the States as property of some rich looney?

Always good to hear from Michael. I sure wish he would be out of business soon in Baghdad and have to relocate to a less hostile part of the world. Nawh. He would head to Afghanistan.

Take care and visit your old dorm room if you get to that part of SE Asia.
Posted By Anonymous Charlotte D Stockton CA : 5:48 PM ET

Thank you for bringing the plight of the animals in Asia to the world's attention. I hope that someday soon you'll consider reporting on the annual commerical seal hunt that takes place in Canada and is scheduled to begin in just a few days. Each year over 100,000 seal pups are brutally slaughtered for their fur, many skinned while they are still alive and able to feel pain. Thanks for not only reporting on the human stories, but the animal stories as well.
Posted By Anonymous Kim, Bolingbrook, IL : 5:48 PM ET
Do NOT eat the little, dark red-brown Thai peppers! Smoke will come out of your mouths and noses!!
Posted By Anonymous Mark, Sacramento, CA : 5:56 PM ET
Hi Anderson, glad you made it there safely. I have a question: If the animals are hunted for medicinal purposes, what diseases are purportedly treated from these animals? And is this something that can be replicated or produced in a laboratory to save these animals from further slaughter? Thank you.
Posted By Anonymous Lilibeth, Edmonds, WA : 6:14 PM ET
Hey AC: Looking forward to your report tonight. Even IF these people are arrested/prosecuted,I'm sure they'll find a way to get back in action soon. What money can buy...everything and everyone...Watch out to what you eat there...might be something illegal. Some cities in Asia, you can choose your dog from the street for your meal...Miam...A tenderloin of Doberman for diner?? Really, these stories are true and happening as we speak. By the way, don't trust Jeff Corwin, ask him to use another ginnea pig for experiments...Ouch...Take care!
Posted By Anonymous Josee Fortier, Montreal, Canada : 6:15 PM ET
Thanks for "taking us" to such interesting & dangerous places rather than just "safely" reporting about them from NYC. I honestly don't know how you deal with all the pain you have seen in the world...gotta be hard.
Posted By Anonymous Lori O'Boyle, Houston, Texas : 6:19 PM ET
Hi Anderson, I bet you would have loved to be there in time to get to Burma with Jeff. I believe that your reporting started in Burma, back when you were a kid.
Take care.
Posted By Anonymous Judy Stage Brooklyn MI : 6:32 PM ET
Whether it be animal or human trafficking its a tragedy. In a world full of caos there is hope - Steve Galster working with Thai police on behalf of an animal protection organization. Baby steps and perseverance will eventually prevail. The question is When? But when that time comes then what will we do with ourselves?
I look forward to future 360 shows. Pray, and exercise.
Posted By Anonymous Karen, Boston, MA : 6:45 PM ET
I am glad you arrived safely Anderson. I will be interested to see the animals you were talking about. It should be a very interesting show.
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris, KY : 6:56 PM ET
Hi Anderson, I will certainly be watching your program tonight. Do me a favour, just be careful over there. God bless you always.

Posted By Anonymous mireille dupuis, Montreal, Canada : 7:12 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

So glad you made it to Bangkok, was worried about that will all of the flight delays.

The pieces you will be doing on trafficking sound daunting. Lord knows it is a huge undertaking. It is so incredible to realize that no matter how far we come as humans, with technology, etc; this kind of thing will always go on. Makes one wonder how much "progess" we are really making.

You have gone to a fascinating part of the world as usual. Stay safe, have fun. Can't wait to see and hear all of the "colorful" as well as the informative. This is quite exciting!

All the best!
Posted By Anonymous Pati McMillan, Camp Hill, PA : 7:17 PM ET

*jaw drops* I admittedly don't know much about the animal trafficking in Thailand, but after reading your blog, I have become convinced that it is a cause that people need to take more notice of. I honestly had no idea that it was this bad. And, how interesting that, under Thai law, the police couldn't break into any shop that was, as you said, "locked up"!(That was some sarcasm there.) It gets more and more frustrating by the day, to see people committing a horrible wrong-doing, and that the laws simply support and, sometimes, even enable the wrong to continue.
Thank you for all the information.
I'm interested to see what you find in Cambodia.

Take care, be safe, and good wishes.
Posted By Anonymous Mandy, Boston, MA : 7:29 PM ET
yes Mr. Anderson Cooper there is a lot of changes happening around Asia as you said particularly in thailand maybe because thailand is one of the no.1 spot for the tourist and behind these things are some illegal matters.

regards to all staff and crew of AC360 goodluck for these coming episodes and we are looking formard to it. and beware of Mr. Jeff Corwin remember when he told you to trust him at the amazon? LOL!
Posted By Anonymous Jemillex Bacerdo Chicago, IL. : 7:32 PM ET
Don't you think this use of animal "parts" for medicinal use has been going on for centuries?

Maybe it has accelerated because there is now a multi-billion dollar business behind it?

What may have started as an ancient tradition for personal aliments has turned into an underground moneyfest for those who really don't care about the potential benefits from the past.

Mankind loves to destroy human potential.
Posted By Anonymous Sharon D., Indianapolis, IN : 7:39 PM ET
Hey Anderson - glad to hear you arrived safely. I'm not very well educated in the subject of trafficking so I am looking forward to your program tonight.

Stay safe and thanks for blogging!
Posted By Anonymous Christina, Windber, PA : 7:44 PM ET
Hi Anderson,
I'm very excited that Jeff and the crew are going into Burma. While they're at it, they should report on how there are no precausions or laws in Burma regarding the preservation of environment or endangered animals. As a Burmese girl, it really boggles my mind not to be able to do anything about it. The military government doesn't care much about governing or taking the country into a good future. All they care is how to take bribes and profit for their personal well being from the resources of the country. If someone influential like you or Jeff can talk about it, may be peopel would actually listen. It would be absolutely great. I would really, really appreciate it.
Keep up the great work.
LI, N.Y.
Posted By Anonymous M Linn, F'dale, N.Y. : 7:57 PM ET
It definately sounds like an interesting show. I'm a big animal rights person and have written papers on the subject of animal testing for the cosmetic industry. I will watching this show. I'm a huge animal person, ever since I was a kid, I've always had some kind of animals around.
Posted By Anonymous Chelsea Hester, Acworth, Ga : 8:17 PM ET
Hey Anderson,

Interesting post. It just always blows my mind that people think animals are theirs to do with as they please. Conservation involves changing mindsets. What you all are doing can engage people in those conversations to begin that process. Keeping my fingers crossed anyway...

This piece sounds hopeful in that one hundred birds were saved and law enforcement is trying within its boundaries to save the animals. If only the government would agree and make trafficking unprofitable and catching the bad guys easier (I'm being really optimistic here). It all has to start somewhere.

Be safe over there...and enjoy the trip back to what was for a little while home.
Posted By Anonymous TA Cheramie, Berwick, LA : 8:23 PM ET
Anderson what up? Why are you on the run again? I was hoping that you would be on the show Dancing with the Stars! I am glad your heading to Bangkok and staying true to your show, exposing different part of the world in 360.
Posted By Anonymous Claude Calgary AB : 10:13 PM ET
I'm so glad that someone is finally taking it into their own hands to open Americans' eyes to the plight of endangered species all over the planet. Throughout my life I've never been able to understand the reasoning behind poachers and illegal vendors. Don't they realize their impact on the Earth? People never cease to amaze me with how selfish they can be.
Posted By Anonymous Greg Taylor, Royal Palm Beach, FL : 11:41 PM ET
Dear Anderson and AC360 crew,
I just watched the segment on the endangered animals trade in Thailand and Burma. What a great job you did in exposing how things really are there, especially in Burma. No laws, no fear of getting caught, not a care about the animals or the environment. I just want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
I'm just glad that it's out there for the world to see what's going on in Burma. It really needs more exposure with what's going on there with every aspect, especially the political affairs. Again, as a Burmese girl, I'm just really greatful for the little segment that you did.
Posted By Anonymous M Linn, F'dale, N.Y. : 11:45 PM ET
Hey Anderson,
Good stuff about the animal trade in Asia, but the problem is WAY closer to home: Every week several endangered and protected species are illegally sold on ebay! As I write this, there is a grizzly bear skull, a rare species of crocodile, and a half dozen monkey skulls that are protected by CITES II. In the last few weeks, several rare Asian pigs (Babirusas) were listed there, and about twice a year, someone sells an ape skull too. Sea turtles are constantly listed. I've emailed ebay about these items many times, but I just can't keep up. I wish there was some accountability.
Posted By Anonymous Adam, Durham, NC : 11:47 PM ET
I'm watching the show now it's sinful what's going on. Maybe bringing it to light will help, but I don't hold out much hope. As you've said yourself, when they think nothing of trafficking in children and women, animals can't be very high on their list of illegal activities to stop.

On a lighter note - Does Neil ever get to walk facing forward? Maybe you can let him film while you walk backward or stand still. After all he did just have spider fangs removed from his leg.
Posted By Anonymous Terry Nardone, Nutley, NJ : 11:47 PM ET
I wanted to say thanks for bringing attention to the illegal wildlife trafficking. You asked several times, "Why should we care?" and the responses, of course, related to how the destruction of species affects us as humans. But I am affected by this on a much more basic level, the blatant disrespect for the lives of other living beings that share this planet. This failure to value life is a common theme whether you are talking about animals, children, or the environment, overseas or in America. Thanks again for shedding light on this subject. I've never seen anything like it.
Posted By Anonymous Stephanie, Virginia Beach, VA : 11:55 PM ET
Great show! Steve did a wonderful job. We are all proud of the work he does.
Posted By Anonymous Evelyn Galster Green Lake Wi : 12:02 AM ET
Thank you your report on the illegal wildlife trade. Cracking down on this horror is long overdue. Hats off to Jeff Corwin for his ongoing commitment to protecting endangered species.
Posted By Anonymous John T. Knox, Chula Vista, California : 12:03 AM ET
Damn. The animal trafficking report on tonights 360 was terribly distressing. All the wild and domestic animals which are traded with no regard to law is ridiculous. Jeff's trip across the river to Myanmar was pretty hopeless also. You say it is a multi-billion dollar business. Is that per year? Will it only end when they run out of animals? Too bad humans will all be dead and gone shortly there after. Is there a glow from a star in this dark stormy sky? Please give us some hope or tell us what we can do. Even Steve from the animal welfare organization had no answers. Oh goodie, later this week we get to learn about children and sex trafficking. I know that by showing us the pain of the animals and children, thus inflicting pain on the viewer, is the only recourse for relief for those who are suffering.
THANK YOU for speaking for those who can not speak for themselves!
Posted By Anonymous Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 12:30 AM ET
Hi Anderson,
Money for illegal animals..Something tells me that the people of Bangkok won't be giving up this practice any time soon. Add to the mix a weak enforcement, plus the money, and you're talking about a problem with no resolution. But it never hurts to stir up some awareness, and you guys are doing that. I'll try to stay hopeful. Take Care
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 12:38 AM ET
I've never imaginened before that traffficking the endangerd species can cause some severe ripple effects due to my ignorance. For instance, that kind of illicit animal barter can result in a serious threat to human life. I think this market must have contributed to Avian Flu not only around this area but also all over the world. thank you for enlightening me.
whenever you shed a light on important but somehow neglected problems like this, you do make a dent and I'm sure a lot of people will be affected by that!! As one of decent viewers out of the america, I'm so proud of AC360!
Posted By Anonymous Go-Woon, south korea : 12:47 AM ET
Dear Sir,
with great sadness I watched your program about the ilegal animal trade in Bangkok.
I friend from Ohio has been sending me artcles about the activities of the Ohio Amish Community: They operate
not only Puppy Mills where breeding stock and pups are kept in deplorabe conditions to be sold at dog auctions.
Tthe Amish also breed and sell at auction a number of exotic animals, incl tigers, lions and apes which are sold as "pets" to private parties.
How can ONE county license 470 kennels? Please contact the Cleveland Plains Dealer for the latest article by J. Horton: Amish Dog Auction
Relocates. Such greedy activities by the Amish should be exposed on nation wide TV. Please, give it some thiought.
Thank you very much,

Gretelotte Emerick
Posted By Anonymous Gretelotte Emerick, Hettinger/ND : 1:25 AM ET
Hi Anderson,

It's great that your going to these places, and 'Keeping them Honest' over there, the show is great, and I'm glad you can broadcast from there with ease, can't wait to see the show.

Keep safe and come home soon !
Posted By Anonymous Saba, Seattle, Wa. : 1:41 AM ET
Hey Anderson!

Watched 360 at 6 a.m. today after getting up at the ungodly hour of 4 a.m. to study for my Math final on Thursday. I think the 'Planet in Peril' series is a brilliant move and the longer segments on the topic are much appreciated. I think conservation and protection of wildlife is an issue that most people are aware of, but think of as removed from themselves to varying degrees, just like global warming or poverty or AIDS. There's a huge difference between being aware that a problem exists and actually caring about it enough to take some action. And you're doing a great job of getting people to care. Keep up the good work and stay safe!

Posted By Anonymous Gayatri, Muscat, Oman : 1:45 AM ET
The poaching of the endangered animals in the wild is very rampant, not only happening in Thailand, but in many other Asian countries. China is one of the worst violators
I am an American with Chinese ancestry; I often read about the cruel and barbaric treatments of many animals in the Chinese newspapers that are published in NYC. Many stories are extremely horrible and disturbing; such as "tiger cubs in the zoo are forced to lie on a hard board in a hot sun,with 4 paws and the head tightly tied to the board, for several hours a day, simply for the pleasure of the visitors to have the pictures taken with them or to have children sitting on them." The cases of animal abuse are countles.
Since you are in Asia now, perhaps you could also go to China to investigate the animal abuse in that country.
Thank you for reporting this kind of story, since the poor animals are suffering in silence, they need people with conscience like you to speak up on their behalf. Camille
Posted By Anonymous Camille Bao, Great Falls, VA : 2:12 AM ET
I am disappointed that the answer to "Why should we care about the mass annhilation of wildlife"? the answer is never because it is Right to care about the inherent right of uniques species to live and that have evolved millions of years longer than even human presence on the planet....Yet the answer you aired, is that we should Care Only if their annhilation impacts human beings, but Not because they fully deserve to live simply because they have an Inherent Right to life.
Posted By Anonymous Scarlet Rivera, Encino, CA : 2:49 AM ET

Welcome to Thailand! Thank you for bringing us this story. I am sure I am not alone in my ignorance of this topic of animal trafficking. Be safe in your travels in Asia.

While you're in Bangkok please bring your crew by the Sirocco Room at the Lebua Hotel, 63rd floor, for dinner. I'm one of the musicians playing in the jazz standards band.

Sony Holland
Posted By Anonymous Sony Holland, San Francisco, California : 3:17 AM ET
Hi AC,am here in BKK.Yourplace in your show tonight(morning in my country)people n policeman officer called (sunday market).This criminal problem THE POLICE OFFICE know in everything but mostely they did't do anything unless front of camara (press camara)BRIBE. I agreed ab your editorial n appreciate that yr show to open world know about route of criminal.Don't give up from fanclub 360 in BKK
Posted By Anonymous ava ./bangkok, Thailand : 5:03 AM ET
While in Thailand and Cambodia, please bring awareness to the fact that, it is generally the wealthy, well-exposed, and educated, who drive this market. The purchasing power of the average citizen in these countries could not drive the demand nor prices for this market. Only their desire to leave their improvished state causes them to go to the extreme measures of trafficking these goods.

We also can not deny the fact that international business men and tourists, including US business men/tourists, come to these countries with the mentality of 'what happens here, stays here'. Their relative wealth and desire for the exotic, causes them to drive the market, not only for exotic animals, but also the trade of women and children.
Posted By Anonymous Sherali, Allentown, PA : 5:40 AM ET
Hi Anderson!

Your post is really interesting. I was aware of the typical drug trafficking, and also the trafficking of women and children. I did not realize that they sold endangered animals in such conditions! It is horrible to hear that, and I am glad that you are able to make a difference and expose it!

I have a cousin in Vietnam who had been offered a job in Thailand or Cambodia a few years ago. Her brother's friend encouraged him to get his sister to take the opportunity, but the family advised her against it. They were afraid that she would be caught in the sex trade. I find those situations very upsetting, because a deceiving person holds the power to severely affect the life of a person.

Thank you so much for the sincereity you depict in your reports.

I hope you have a very safe trip in Southeast Asia.

Have fun!
Posted By Anonymous Anna, Sacramento, CA : 5:49 AM ET
Please KEEP UP the great reporting on this subject........Please DON'T forget the suffering , and PLEASE don't let the subject matter fall in the shadows of people's memory. Humanely,
Posted By Anonymous Carolyn Repeta, Sarasota, FL : 9:58 AM ET
Dear Anderson,
Thank You for taking time to show people what is happening to animals in asia. It is very sad how poorly animals are treated and how cruelly they are killed for useless purposes or for a fashion statement when there are much more humane non-animal alternatives to medicinal animal use and fur. It is about time we really educate the public on this topic and hold people accountable for this behavior. Efforts by the media will help although sadly I believe we must first bring about a global change to improve the status of animals and the enactment of humane regulations. Please continue your efforts in this area.
Posted By Anonymous Jay Rice Boston, MA : 10:09 AM ET
Just want to thank you for your effort: vigilence takes vision. This comes from someone who knows that the God we believe in loves His animals equal to His human beings.
Your report is timely; the pet food crisis is upon us. We all need to take out a serious moment to reflect and pray on the magnitude of the pain and suffering and death of so many animals.
Posted By Anonymous Mel Hoyt, 29 Palms, CA : 10:17 AM ET
What an amazing show last night! I had no idea that the black market for animals was a billion dollar bussines in South East Asia.
And one quick question ... how long did it take for those marks from the native people in South America to come off?
Posted By Anonymous Shruti Bala, Glendale, AZ : 12:27 PM ET

I am glad you made it to Thailand safely. Great report last night. Very eye opening. Looking forward to tonight and the rest of the week.

Be well and safe. Fred
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