Illegal Wildlife Trade in Laos

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According to a recent (2015) report from the Environmental Investigation Agency,SIN City – Illegal Wildlife Trade in Laos’ Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone:”

“……..numerous ritzy resorts in the Southeast Asian country have been capitalizing off the sale of exotic meats and specialty food items. We’re not talking Wagyu beef here, either; this is a veritable smorgasbord of endangered species and other illegal game, from tiger bone wine to pangolins to bear paws” – “This Laos Resort Serves Rich Tourists Tiger Meat and Fresh-Killed Bear Cubs,” Vice, 2 September 2018

Sickening wildlife exploitation and further evidence of a clear lack of CITES convention adherence and law enforcement in Lao People’s Democratic Republic:

The international community has a responsibility to stop fawning over lip-service commitments to combating organised wildlife crime and reducing demand. This is not a new phenomenon, but one that has persisted and escalated because of a failure to take bold action. Business-as-usual is a recipe for disaster for wild tigers and other endangered species” – Environmental Investigation Agency

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