Vendors caught with illicit squirrel meat
- Published: 7/02/2013 at 09:23 AM
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MUKDAHAN : Two vendors in Muang district have been arrested for allegedly selling meat from protected animals, wildlife authorities say.
Wildlife authorities on Wednesday inspected Pornpet market in Muang district following a tipoff about the sale of wild animal parts. The search netted two suspects.
Cherdpong Maneepong, 45, was found in possession of 16 dead flying squirrels and Purom Sriwicha, 45, was found with four dead flying squirrels and 5 kgs of barking deer meat. They were charged with possession of protected animals.
Ms Purom allegedly told police the wildlife was smuggled from a neighbouring country. She said the meat fetched high prices from customers who enjoy eating exotic dishes.
Ms Purom has now been arrested four times in connection with the illegal wildlife trade, officers say.
The arrests were part of a crackdown on wildlife smuggling and trade ahead of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) conference in March.
Thailand will host the Conference of Parties (CoP), a review of the convention held every two or three years, in Bangkok on March 7-15.
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