Protected animals seized at temple
- Published: 23 Jul 2012 at 19.09
- Online news:
Authorities seized 47 protected animals, including crocodiles, at a Buddhist temple in Kanchanaburi province on Monday.
About 100 police and officials attached to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation went to Wat Phothisat Banpot Nimit in Muang district this morning to inspect possession documents for protected wildlife and carcasses after authorities raided the monastery and found about 80 live wild creatures on Friday.
Friday’s raid occurred after the department received complaints from tourists that they saw a large number of wild species locked in cages and a large quantity of elephant bones on the temple premises. Officials were told that the temple’s abbot had documents for all the animals, but he had gone to another province and would return on Monday. They seized the animals pending inspection of the documents.
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