18 wild animals seized in Padang
On September 18, 2012, the Natural Resources Conservation Center (BKSDA) authorities seized 18 wild animals which include a Kloss’s Gibbon, a Sun Bear, eagles, hawks and other protected birds from a warehouse in Padang. The owner could face charges under the law with penalties of up to 5 years in jail and USD 10,000 in fines, if found guilty.
Suspect fined RM60,000 for pangolin smuggling attempt
It was reported on September 28, 2012 that a Session’s court fined a truck driver RM60,000 for attempting to smuggle 155 pangolins which were seized on 2 June 2012 in Kota Bharu. He was also ordered jail time of 6 months in case he fails to pay the fine.
150 protected white-rumped Sharma confiscated by MMEA in Johor
On September 26, 2012, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) detained a boat carrying 150 protected white-rumped Sharma (burung murai batu), worth about RM100,000, and packed in plastic baskets, in the waters off Teluk Ramunia in Pengarang, Johor. A local man was arrested. The case is being investigated under Section 60(1)(a) of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2012 for having in possession protected animals without a license which carries a maximum penalty of up to RM50,000 or jail term or both.
Indonesian gets one-year jail, fine for trying to smuggle out song birds
It was reported on August 3, 2012 that an Indonesian businessman was sentenced to 12 months in jail and fined RM 70,000 at a Session’s Court for trying to smuggle 100 White-rumped Shama baby birds (burung murai batu) out of Malaysia on July 27, 2012.
Customs seizes smuggled rhino horns
On September 7, 2012, Customs authorities seized a shipment of 6 rhinoceros horns (eighing 8.5 kg) from Mozambique which arrived at the Manila port, buried inside 300 sacks of cashew nuts.
Marines confiscate illegal logs in Sultan Kudarat
On July 25, 2012, members of the Philippine Marines seized more than 20,000 board feet of lumber smuggled from protected timberlands in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat.
Caimans, Bearded Dragons, and CR Tortoises Seized at Suvarnabhumi Airport
On September 4, 2012, CITES officers at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport seized a suitcase bound for Indonesia filled with 125 Indian Star Tortoises, 3 Sulcata Tortoises, 1 Radiated Tortoise, 1 Yniphora Tortoise, 4 Caimans, and 8 Bearded Dragons. The suspect will face charges under the section 23, 24 of Thailand Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535; the section 27, 27 bis of Customs Act, B.E. 2469; and the Animal Epidemic Act, B.E. 2499.
Six tigers seized in Pathum Thani, 1 arrested
On September 10, 2012, the Royal Thai Police arrested a local man for illegally raising 6 tigers (4 adult and 2 juvenile tigers) on top of an apartment building in a residential neighborhood in Pathum Thani.
4 baby tigers and more than 100 pangolins seized by Police in central Viet Nam
On September 4, 2012, Police in Ha Tinh province seized 4 live baby tigers (weighing a total of 22.15 kg) and 119 pangolins (weighing 424 kg) hidden in a Camry car on a section of the National Highway 8A which runs through Duc Lam commune, Duc Tho district. 2 men were detained for investigation.
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19 kg of ivory confiscated in Hanoi Airport, 1 arrested
On September 17, 2012, a team of officials in Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi arrested a woman with 677 pieces of ivory weighing 19 kilograms, and including 15 bracelets, 90 pairs of chopsticks, and 10 chains made of ivory. The ivory was admittedly obtained from Angola.
Raid in Viet Tri results in seizure of tiger parts, bones and turtle shells and arrest of the owner
On September 22, 2012, the Environmental Police and local authorities in Viet Tri City in Phu Tho Province, Viet Nam, were able to seize a 280 kg tiger which had been chopped into 15 pieces and parts of which were being used to make tiger glue, 50kg of bones from an unidentified, and 14 turtle shells, after a raid in a facility reported to be selling illegal wildlife products. The owner was arrested to face charges.
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