Thailand’s missing monkeys: US labs or Chinese medicine to blame?
Authorities in Thailand believe animal traffickers are smuggling monkeys across the border into Cambodia and Laos to be used for testing in laboratories.
Thai authorities blame the smuggling of long-tailed macaques on high demand from Chinese traditional medicine, but US labs implicated.
The US has been cracking down on wildlife smuggling, and has passed a law removing the requirement for drugs to be tested on animals before humans.
And after a clampdown on smuggling monkeys out of Cambodia, evidence suggests traffickers have turned their focus to Thailand.
Al Jazeera’s Barnaby Lo reports from Bangkok, Thailand.
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