Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, 21-23 February 2011 - Law enforcers are being trained this week on how to identify threatened reptile species and familiarize themselves with international wildlife protection policies in an effort to combat illegal wildlife trade in the ASEAN region.
Thai Police arrested one Boonlue Prasitsom in Ang Thong province in Central Thailand, and rescued more than 200 lizards, which were believed will be smuggled outside Thailand.
Read more here.
Police and Forestry Officials of Indonesia raided an Indonesian suspect's art shop in Jakarta Indonesia and resulted in the arrest of said suspect for allegedly using the Internet to sell hundreds of illegal wildlife parts. 26 iems were found at the scene and hundreds more awaited shipping by courier service.
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(Nay Phi Taw, Myanmar) January 2011, Myanmar has reported seizures of snakes attempted to be illegally traded in border areas connecting Myanmar to China and Thailand.
On January 14, 2011, 823 snakes (Ptyas mucosus) concealed in a box inside a light truck vehicle were confiscated at 16 miles checkpoint in Mandalay Division. Also on the same day, 649 (Viper spp.) and 230 (Naja spp.) snakes in 219 boxes concealed under layers of bricks inside a medium truck vehicle were seized at the One Stop Service near Pyin Oo Lwin. The direction of the two vehicles containing the snakes was towards the border to China
In another case, one vehicle carrying 30 boxes of a variety of snakes (Viper spp., Naja spp., Ptys mucosus) was seized in a checkpoint in Kaw Ka Rate next to Myawady border gate at the Myanmar-Thai border. The snakes were allegedly headed to be traded in Thailand.
The seizure team consisted of officers from the Forest Department, the Police and the General Administrative Department.
Presently, the Forest Department has taken action under the section (35-a) of Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994), where, under said law, convicted wildlife offenders stand to face up to 3 years imprisonment or fine which can extend to 100,00 kyats, or both.
All live snakes were immediately released to their natural habitat.
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