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On March 7, 2017, Director General of the Customs Department, Director General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, and Deputy Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police, released a press statement on the seizure of African ivories. The press statement was held in the 3rd floor conference room of Suvarnabhumi Airport Cargo Clearance Customs Bureau. The 422 pieces of cut ivory were hidden amidst raw gemstones and colored rocks in boxes. The boxes were documented to be carrying solely raw gemstone. The seized contraband weighted a total of 330 kilograms and valued at 17 million Baht in market price. Along with the evidences, 1 suspect was turned in to Suvarnabhumi Airport Police Station for further legal procedures.

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On February 26, 2017, at around 11 PM, Don Mueang Airport Animal Quarantine Station officials (Department of Livestock Development: DLD) at the Departure Building of Don Mueang Airport, along with officers from Don Mueang Wildlife Checkpoint (Department of National Parks, Plant and Conservation: DNP), were successful in rescuing and seizing 12 otters, 5 owls, and 3 falcons from passenger bags bound for Japan on Air Asia flight XJ600. Care for the rescued animals and further legal actions were taken by the Don Mueang Wildlife Checkpoint.

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On February 22, 2017, Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Division 1 Police Officials (Royal Thai Police) arrested 1 suspect and seized 7 live Red-whiskered bulbul, 2 Red-whiskered bulbul carcasses, and several equipment. The suspect is amidst the legal charges of illegally possessing and trading of a protected species without proper authorization (selling on Facebook social network). The arrest was made at the bus stop in front of Samitivej Hospital, Somdet Phra Chao Tak Sin Rd, Samre Sub-district, Thon Buri district, Bangkok, Thailand.

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Officials from Domestic Ivory Control Subdivision of the Division of Wild Fauna and Flora Protection, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, inspected 3 Bangkok shops for confirmation on the condition of the shops’ registered ivory. On February 21, 2017, the inspection took place at the “Silver & Leather” shop in Tawanna Market, Bang Kapi District, Bangkok (Thailand). On the next day (February 22, 2017), Domestic Ivory Control Subdivision officials cooperated alongside local authorities in inspecting the Toh Plue Antique shop (located in room g113 of JJ Mall, Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak Market, Bangkok) followed by a separate inspection by the subdivision at the nearby Nai Huat Shop in Chatuchak Plaza.
In all cases of inspection, the inspected pieces of ivory were confirmed to be authentic according to the registered ivory database. Additionally, no suspicious activities were found onsite at all locations. These inspections were part of Thailand’s National Ivory Action Plan.

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On February 14, 2017, officials of customs, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, and Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Division (Royal Thai Police) were successful in seizing a large shipment of illegal pangolin scales. The scales were intentionally mislabeled as “Fish Maw” by their prestigious African-originated traffickers in an effort to mislead officials.

According to the documents, the shipment came in from the city of Lubumbashi, Congo on the Kenya Airlines, changing flights at Kenya’s capital of Nairobi and was heading towards Vientiane, Lao PDR. The shipment, however, was inspected and intercepted by Thai officials at Suvarnabhumi Airport as it was awaiting flight transfer to its destination.

The shipment, when inspected with x-ray equipment, was found to be pangolin scales in 22 containers, collectively weighing at 1,066 kg. Officials seized the found contrabands and arranged for transfer to the inquiry officials of Suvarnabhumi Airport Police Station for further legal procedures accordingly to the Customs Act, B.E. 2469 (1926) and the Wild Animals Reservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535 (1992) (WARPA).

Currently, the seized pangolin contrabands are calculated to have a net worth of more than 40 million baht at the market price of their countries of destination such as Vietnam or China, where the asking price can range from 35,000 – 50,000 baht per kilograms.

Respectively, however, it was also calculated that 2,500 – 3,000 endangered pangolin lives was extinguished for this shipment.

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