Dugong Hunting in Thailand Exposed

by Admin on October 31, 2017

According to the Phuket Gazette, Thailand’s National Parks Chief claims that dugongs are being hunted for their tusks, bones and meat on on Koh Libong .

Thanya Netithammakul, Head of the Department of National Parks, reported that a dugong’s skin and intestines were found hanging from a mangrove tree on Sunday. He also claimed that dugong meat had been seen available for sale.

Locals are skeptical of the claim, suggesting that it could be a set up. They say that if it were the work of real hunters, a carcass would never have been left behind.

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Rangers in Koh Libong state that dugong hunting was prevalent around 30 years ago, but largely disappeared when the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act was enacted in 1992.

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