I was alerted to the fact that the lower areas of Sukhumvit
Road in Bangkok are being frequented by a number of people
selling captured birds in order for people to release them.
This is a fairly common practice in Thailand and the releasing
of birds or other creatures is supposed to increase ones
positive karma in this life thus leading to a better life
in the next incarnation. The fact that these birds, fish,
reptiles and amphibians have been purposely trapped in the
wild and are then released into unsuitable habitats does
not seem to matter.
evening of 25th June 2008 at about 7pm I witnessed the situation
in Sukhumvit for myself after hearing the call of weavers
through the roar of the traffic at the junction of soi 7.
A man was carrying several cages rammed full of weavers,
almost in exactly the same fashion as the man pictured (this
was not the guy I saw). In one large cage and five small
ones there were approaching 100 Baya Weavers and 4 or 5
Asian Golden Weavers. Watching and following this bird seller
for about 15 minutes he made two "sales", one
to a western tourist and one to an Arabic lady. Both people
released 2 weavers into a busy, noisy and dark Sukhumvit
Road and the birds were clearly disorientated; their chances
of survival seemed pretty slim.
told that I should phone Khun Tiradej, which I did at the
time, and he took a record of my sightings and promised
to send someone to investigate the next evening. Anyone
seeing similar bird selling should call Khun Tiradej on
081 817 0330. A photograph of the offender is always useful
but can result in hostility so be careful.
practice results in the deliberate targeting of small perching
birds and if people did not pay to release the birds then
it would stop.