Re: ''Park rangers train sights on logging-gang targets'' (BP, July 7).
At last the Department of National Parks (DNP) is getting serious with phayung loggers in the eastern World Heritage Site of Khao Yai-Dong Phayayen forest complex. Rangers who had never held a gun were given a weapon and training. Unlike targets in training which do not fire back, in real life, these poor rangers have to deal with poachers who are armed with guns and experience. The inexperienced forest guards could only spray and pray, and hope they would survive.
One week's training is not enough to stop the poaching and plundering. What the department and government of Thailand need to do now is to bring in professional soldiers (special forces, Seals or rangers) to really root out the problem of poachers in this forest. Besides, serious sanctions need to be put in force against countries like China for exploiting other countries' forests and wildlife for wood and animal parts.
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