Connect with us


Police seize more than 100 monkeys allegedly trafficked in illegal meat trade

Tanutam Thawan



Photo via Facebook/ ศูนย์ช่วยเหลือสัตว์ป่าที่ ๑ นครนายก

More than 100 wild monkeys caged in plastic carriers were seized off a pickup truck in Prachinburi province. The 25 year old driver was arrested, and allegedly told police that he had been hired by a network that trafficks wild animals to be purchased by restaurants and later eaten.

The 102 monkeys were in poor condition, some with wounds and some in critical condition, according to officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, who were called to inspect the monkeys. The cages were cramped and had poor ventilation. Many of the monkeys were suffering from exhaustion.

The monkeys were taken to the Nakhon Nayok Wildlife Sanctuary Office for treatment, but 18 monkeys died and 4 remain in critical condition.

Thailand’s Crime Suppression Division was tipped off about an alleged wildlife trafficking operation planning to transport wild animals in the province’s Sri Mahaphot district. The driver allegedly admitted to police that he had been hired to transport wild animals and was paid 3,000 baht per route. He told police that he was taking the monkeys from Phichit, in the lower Northern region, to Sa Kaew, which borders Cambodia.

The driver was allegedly hired by a network who procures the animals and trafficks them to restaurants. He faces charges for violating the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act. Officers are now investigating to track down the leaders of the trafficking operation.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


Want more from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates



  1. Avatar

    Sydney B

    Friday, May 28, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    21st Century and some ‘humans’ continue to act like cave men.

  2. Avatar


    Friday, May 28, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Now they need to follow the money back to the bosses

  3. Avatar

    Toby Andrews

    Friday, May 28, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    I don’t like this type of monkey but I do feel sorry for them.
    Well, they cannot hide Thai’s poverty now when they are eating their wild monkeys.
    The government’s supposed declarations that they will take care of the citizens are lies.

  4. Avatar

    King Kong

    Friday, May 28, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Wasn’t both AIDS and Ebola transmitted from eating monkeys? Thais are are so clever!

  5. Avatar


    Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 12:37 am

    There are more than a few countries that don’t have the luxury of supermarkets as do the so-called modern countries with their horrors going on behind the doors of factory farms and so still have to resort to what they can harvest. Then we have the ignorant/arrogant rich out to make more money than they know what to properly do with, can you spell China, who prey on the greed factor of locals and officials to sell their soul for a little profit, so to make an even ‘bigger’ profit……Oh well, at least we are keeping up the trend of our long history of being the number one most invasive destructive species of planet Earth….. To many people

  6. Avatar

    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    This item has appeared on the BBC today, which will educate a few starry eyed tourists who think the Thais are wonderful.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Thailand. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 min ago

Bangkok parks, salons, tattoo, massage reopen Monday

Tourism52 mins ago

TAT declares Phuket “is ready” to reopen for tourism on July 1

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Covid UPDATE Sunday: 2,804 new infections and 18 Covid-related deaths

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Sponsored by image

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

With nearly 60% of their population vaccinated, why is Chile’s Covid rate surging?

Tourism15 hours ago

Pattaya October reopening hampered by obstacles

Coronavirus (Covid-19)15 hours ago

Thong Lor again: 31 arrested in club violating Covid-19 rules

Coronavirus (Covid-19)17 hours ago

Pfizer vaccine application received, review process begun

Visa20 hours ago

Covid-19 prevention leads to 14 arrests of longterm overstays

Coronavirus (Covid-19)20 hours ago

Covid UPDATE: 3,277 new infections and 29 deaths, provincial totals

Thailand20 hours ago

Red tape and restrictions suggest a slow Phuket reopening

Phuket21 hours ago

UPDATE: Tourism Minister reportedly says July 1 ‘sandbox’ won’t happen

Tourism21 hours ago

Koh Samui eyes August 1 reopening, “Samui Sealed Route”

Weather23 hours ago

Village need rain? Have you considered a giant penis?

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 day ago

Covid UPDATE Saturday: 3,277 new infections and 29 deaths

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 days ago

8.3% of Thailand’s 50 million vaccine target reached so far

Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8