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

Tanutam Thawan

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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

 

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6 Comments

6 Comments

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    Sydney B

    Friday, May 28, 2021 at 4:43 pm

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

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    Alice

    Friday, May 28, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Now they need to follow the money back to the bosses

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    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.

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    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!

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    LEE HAI

    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

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    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.

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