Tackling the tragic illegal trade in wildlife at Bangkok’s famous weekend market
Chatuchak in the north of Bangkok is the city’s most famous weekend market. Often rammed with locals and tourists alike, it has been at its current location since 1981 when it outgrew its former venue. Today, with Bangkok’s population still growing, two extensions – the Sunday Market and Chatuchak Plaza – have sprung up next to the original.
All three markets have sections dedicated to the sale of animals, with stalls selling cute puppies, kittens or hamsters. Colourful fish can be purchased for your aquarium, or exotic birds to decorate your home with.
But these markets also support the trade in illegal wildlife – just about any animal you can think of. And if you can’t find what you want, Chatuchak is the place to meet people who can.
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