Corruption is one reason that criminals who traffic in wildlife and endangered species are able to evade arrest, destroy the environment and rake in billions of dollars every year. But one Thai police officer earned international recognition last week for his honesty, effectiveness and dedication in battling trafficking. Police Major General Kiattipong Khaosamang, deputy commander of the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division since 2007, was one of the winners of the 2013 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Award given by the forensics unit of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. In 2012, Gen. Kiattipong shut down a warehouse in Ayutthaya from which an estimated 1.2 million tons of animal carcasses were being shipped to black markets in Thailand and abroad and arrested members of that trafficking gang. It was just one of several successful raids and arrests of traffickers led by Gen. Kiattipong in recent years.