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222 Rat Snakes confiscated at Tarpalan Bridge between the Northern and Southern Shan States
and Elephant Poacher Prosecuted in Kyauktagar Township

Officers release the snakes back to the wild

On 28 January 2013 - a team comprised of Forest Department officials and Myanmar National Police Force seized 222 Rat Snakes as an action to combat wildlife trafficking at Tarpalan bridge, located at the border between the Northern and Southern Shan States. In accordance with the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994), Myanmar National Police Force (Naung Cho Township) took action against the owner-carrier of the snakes. The defendant was charged according to Article No. 35(a) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994). All the Rat Snakes were released into Shwe-U-Daung Wildlife Sanctuary.

Section 35(A) states whoever commits hunting without a license shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 3 years or with fine which may extend to Kyats 10,000 or with both.

 

Elephant Poacher Prosecuted in Kyauktagar Township

An operation on combating illegal killings of wild elephants has been successfully launched in Kyauktagar Township through the joint collaboration of the Forest Department staff, Myanmar National Police Force, and local village administers. On 29 January 2013, a staff from a private forest plantation camp provided information about an illegal killing of a wild elephant, which occurred in Compartment No.(109), Binder Forest Reserve, Bago Region. A dead elephant, two tusks, and one motorbike were confiscated. The poacher was charged according to Article No.37 (a) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law(1994).

Section 37(A) states whoever commits killing, hunting or wounding a completely protected wildlife species without permission; possessing, selling, transporting or transferring such wildlife or any part thereof shall, on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 7 years or with fine which may extend to Kyats 50,000 or with both.

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On January 21, 2013 - CITES Thailand's Wildlife Checkpoint at Suvarnabhumi Airport and the Royal Thai Customs, after inspecting a suspicious luggage believed to carry illegal articles which resembled animals in the xray images, rescued 11 live otters, 6 of which are Smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) and the rest being Oriental small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus). The luggage was opened after no one claimed ownership over the luggage.

The otters are considered as rare wildlife and protected In Thailand, thus requiring government permit for export. They were seized following section 27 of Customs Act, B.E. 2469; sections 16 and 17 of Customs Act, B.E. 2482; section 23 of Thailand Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535; and the Animal Epidemics Act, B.E. 2499.

 

Rescued animals at DNP Wildlife Clinic

Similarly, from 20-21 January 2013, enforcement officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) patrolled Srisomrat Market situated next to Chatuchak Weekend Market and seized various protected species of birds: 28 Red-whiskered bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus), 2 Stripe-throated Bulbul (pycnonotus finlaysoni), and 3 White-rumped Shama (copsychus malabaricus). These were confiscated following sections 19-20, and 55 of Thailand Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535 where possession of protected wild animal without permission, selling protected wildlife without permission, and buying of wild animals are prohibited.

On 22 January 2013 in Pathum Wan District near Erawan Shrine, DNP officials seized 83 Scaly-breasted munia (Lonchura punctulata) following sections 19-20, 55 of the Thailand Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535.

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