Thai Government Official and 11 Others Arrested for Poaching

by Admin on October 10, 2018

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A Thai government official and 11 other individuals were arrested in Sai Yok Park in Kanchanaburi after being found with severed bearcat paws, a rifle, and other hunting gear.

The dozen is suspected of poaching animals in the park.

One day after the arrest, authorities found an animal carcass along with bullet shells and a machete at a nearby temple.

The suspects told police that they had went to the temple to make merit.

The accused Thai government official, Watcharachai Sameerak is a senior district official in Kanchanaburi.

This is the latest episode of powerful Thais alleged poaching protected animals. Bearcats are a protected species in Thailand under the 1992 Wildlife Protection Act.

Earlier this year, a Thai business magnate caused outrage among Thais after allegedly killing a rare black panther.

According to leading Thailand attorney Jiraporn Thongphong, poaching is a common occurrence throughout the country’s national parks and although authorities have stepped up their attempts at combatting the practice, it’s often a nearly impossible task due to the remoteness and heavy forestation of the areas.

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