CHIANG MAI - Officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) raided three animal farms in Mae Rim district on Wednesday and confiscated protected snakes, monkeys and birds.
A team led by deputy DNP chief Theeraphat Prayurasith raided the Chiang Mai Cobra Farm, Mae Sa Snake Farm and Mae Rim Snake Farm after receiving reports that they were in possession of several protected snakes and other wildlife without proper licenses.
The deputy chief said his team found 10 illegal snakes, mainly king cobras and boa constrictors, at the Chiang Mai Cobra Farm. He said an official who was sent in undercover to spy on the farm before the raid had reported that it housed over a hundred illegal snakes.
Farm owner Kamolthip Thamlee, 43, admitted that she did not have licences to keep the serpents. She said she bought the snakes from local farmers.
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