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Hundreds of smuggled animals seized at Suvarnabhumi airport

Hundreds of smuggled animals seized at Suvarnabhumi airport

BANGKOK: More than 600 wild animals smuggled into Thailand on a flight from Egypt have been seized at Suvarnabhumi airport.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 14 May 2022, 09:34AM


Wildlife authorities at Suvarnabhumi airport check boxes containing wildlife sent from Egypt to Thailand on Thursday (May 12). Photo: DNP

Wildlife authorities at Suvarnabhumi airport check boxes containing wildlife sent from Egypt to Thailand on Thursday (May 12). Photo: DNP

Yossathon Kongern, chief of the wildlife checkpoint at Suvarnabhumi, said on Friday (May 13) that customs and wildlife authorities had found a total of 601 exotic animals in boxes at the Thai Airways International Cargo Terminal on Thursday.

They were shipped into the country on Egypt Air flight MS507 from Cairo, reports the Bangkok Post.

The seized animals include 35 living Saharan and Arabian horned vipers. Others were lizards, snakes, skinks and scorpions.

The smugglers violated the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act for having imported protected wild animals without permission and the Customs Act for having imported goods which had not passed through customs formalities. They could also face a charge of violating the Animal Disease Control Act for having imported animals without permission.

CBRE Phuket

Mr Yossathon said he had filed a report to police at Suvarnabhumi Airport police station.

The official did not name the sender and receiver of the cargo.

All the animals were handed over to the Wildlife Health Management Department and the Forest and Plant Conservation Research Office for further categorisation and conservation.

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Kurt | 15 May 2022 - 11:08:11

Seems Egypt Customs not bother to give checked export clearances live stock forThailand. That is strange. A job to do for Thai Minister of foreign affairs! Talks about it with his counter partner in Egypt.

JohnC | 15 May 2022 - 08:53:17

Disgusting that in the 21st century scum still exploit animals for their own financial gain. Receiver not named but lets guess which senior post this officer holds and in what depatrment.

 

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