7 Oct 2020
Thailand, as a country that does not tolerate animal abuse, gives precedence to solutions and facilitations to address the controversies relating to the animal abuse allegations during the COVID-19 situation. Back in March 2020, the rising cases of local COVID-19 transmissions in Thailand prompted the government to implement partial lockdown measures, which affected the country's economy, particularly the services sector. This economic blow was further compounded by allegations of animal abuse in Thailand and subsequent campaigns to ban Thai products. Such campaigns have affected local communities that are already struggling to survive amidst the pandemic. Thailand addressed the controversies head on when news emerged of elephants suffering from the downturn in tourism and when allegations were made on the use of monkeys in Thailand's coconut industry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand states.