At the weekend market of Jatujak Plaza in Bangkok, Thailand, many live animals are for sale to the public. According to a report by Al Jazeera, thousands of dogs, cats, rabbits, mice and guinea pigs are offered for sale.
In addition to the typical pets, exotic animals and protected endangered species are also openly available for sale by stall operators. For example, the reporter was offered a leopard tortoise for sale in the market for $403 (12,000 Thai Baht.) The vendor was unable to explain how to smuggle the tortoise back home.
Source: Kate Mayberry, “In the market for wildlife,” Al Jazeera, Asia Blog, March 3, 2013.