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Parliamentary questions
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13 February 2015
Question for written answer E-002445-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Neena Gill (S&D)

 Subject:  Addressing wildlife trafficking in relations with the military leadership in Thailand
 Answer in writing 

Thailand is one of the world’s biggest hubs for wildlife trafficking. Demand from China, including for tiger parts and ivory tusks, has fuelled illegal animal trafficking.

The Commission has stated that, as part of measures being taken in the fight against animal trafficking, it is systematically raising the issue in political and trade bilateral relations with key countries, including Thailand.

In 2013, Thailand’s then premier, Yingluck Shinawatra, pledged to increase efforts to tackle trafficking, including by outlawing any kind of ivory trade, but there has been little progress. Meanwhile, Yingluck was forced from office in May 2014.

What steps has the EU taken vis-à-vis the military authorities which have taken power in Thailand, with a view to stepping up the fight against this practice?

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