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Weekly News Round-up (20-24 May 2013)

20 - 24 May 2013

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Indonesia


Indonesia arrests suspected rare animal smugglers

Reported on 18 May 2013, Jakarta - Four Chinese nationals were arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle hornbill’s beaks and pangolin scales for use in traditional medicines.

Forestry Ministry official Novianto Bambang said the suspects were detained Friday with 248 hornbill’s beaks and 189 pangolin’s skins in their luggage at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport. Both animals are listed as endangered.

source: nst.com.my




Vietnam


Vietnamese man caught smuggling 5kg of rhino horn

On 20 May 2013, Ho Chi Minh City - Customs officers at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat Airport seized more than 5kgs of rhino horn smuggled in by a 31-year-old man who was caught with six pieces of horns, wrapped in a wool scarf, in his suitcase after arriving on a Vietnam Airlines flight from Europe.

The suspect and the horns were handed over to the police for investigation.

source: thanhniennews.com





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Weekly News Round-up (13-17 May 2013)

13 - 17 May 2013

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Thailand


Royal Thai Customs seized 100 pangolins in Songkhla

On 17 May 2013, Songkhla province - Local Customs officials intercepted a wildlife smuggling gang and seized 89 pangolings worth atleast ฿1.5M.

The pangolins are believed to be smuggled from Indonesia to Thailand where they would be sent to China.

source: mcot.net [TH], thaipbs.or.th [VDO]



Chumphon Police seized more than 100 pangolins

On 18 May 2013, Chumphon province - Local Police arrested 5 men smuggling 110 pangolins weight 500kg and worth around ฿2M.

The suspects claimed they were hired by a Lao man to smuggle the animals to Nong Khai province where they would be sent to China through Lao.

source: krobkruakao.com





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Weekly News Round-up (6-10 May 2013)

6 - 10 May 2013

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Indonesia


2,000 Smuggled Turtle Eggs Seized in East Kalimantan

On 4 May 2013, Balikpapan - BKSDA Port securities seized 2,000 nearly-extinct turtle eggs in Southeast Sulawesi, as they were sent from Bau Bau to Samarinda. The officers detained the one who picked up the delivery for further investigation.

According to Law No. 5/1990 on the conservation of natural resources and the ecosystem, the detainer may face 5-year prison sentence and a fine up to Rp 100 million.

source: thejakartaglobe.com





Thailand


White-Rumped Shamas Seized in Pattani

Songkhla officers seized total 30 white-rumped shamas hidden in a paper box on a coach.

The birds were assumed to come from Kaengkrachan National Park in Phetchaburi and they were destined for Pattani. The birds will be released back to the wild in Pa Tone Wildlife Restrict Area later.

source: manager.co.th





Viet Nam


7kg of rhino horn seized in southern hub

"It was reported on 6 May 2013 that Ho Chi Minh City customs officials have seized two rhino horns, weighing 7.28 kilograms, wrapped in silver paper and hidden in the luggage of a 34-year-old suspect, who arrived in HCMC on a flight from Doha late Saturday.

The suspect has been detained pending further investigations."

source: thanhniennews.com



Hanoi police seize 2.1 kg of suspected rhino horns

On 6 May 2013 - Police in Hanoi temporarily seized 2.15 kg of animal horns from three passengers from Doha after suspecting the horns were from rhinos, an endangered wide life species.

source: tuoitrenews.vn





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Weekly News Round-up (29 Apri-3 May 2013)

29 April-3 May 2013

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Indonesia


Authorities Confiscate Protected Gray Gibbon from Local Official

On 3 May 2013 in Balikpapan, Indonesia, BKSDA authorities seized an endangered gray gibbon from the home of the Balikpapan City Council speaker who was suspected to have kept it as a pet in his house for 7 years. The rescued gibbon was later sent to the BKSDA’s Gunung Bayan rehabilitation center.

source: theborneopost.com





Thailand


Dead Variable Squirrels and Bengal Monitor Seized in Nan Province

On 2 May 2013 in Nan Province, Thailand, Local officers seized 4 dead variable squirrels, weighing 1 kg., and one live bengal monitor weighing 3.9 kgs. in a farm in the middle of Namyao-Namsuad Wildlife Sanctuary.

4 suspects were arrested following section 16, 19 and 22 of Thailand Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535. The farm owner will be prosecuted for illegal deforestation.

source: nationchannel.com [TH]



32 Elephants, 2 Gibbons, and 1 Macaque Seized in Phangnga

On 3 May 2013 in Phangnga Province, Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression authorities seized a total of 32 elephants from 3 districts, in addition to finding one white-handed gibbon, one pileated gibbon, and one macaque.

17 elephants, the gibbons and the macaque were seized from the famous tourist destination in Phangnga where their talents are shown off to the tourists. 2 elephant farm owners were arrested for violating Thai Forest Act. The operation was a response to the alleged missing elephant cubs and illegal elephant ticket.

source: manager.co.th [TH]



Protected Birds and Squirrels Seized After Sold Illegally Online

On 3 May 2013, Technology and Crime Suppression officers seized 3 red-whiskered bulbul, 2 parakeets, 1 palm cockatoo, and 10 squirrels found sold illegally in the internet. The officers found the parakeet sold online at 6,000 THB/ pair.

The seller was arrested in a shopping mall in Bangkok after an appointment was arranged, and to be prosecuted under Thailand Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act. The wildlife was later sent to DNP for caretaking.

source: komchadluek.net [TH]





Viet Nam


Police seize captive macaque in less than 80 minutes!

On 2 May 2013, Lao Cai, Viet Nam - Bao Nhai FPD seize captive macaque caged inside a restaurant in Bao Nhai commune within 80 minutes after a tip-off from ENV’s Wildlife Crime Unit.

source: Education for Nature - Vietnam (Facebook)





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