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On January 24, 2017, the company of Lat Ya Task Force (Royal Thai Army) and officials of Kanchanaburi Wildlife Checkpoint (Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation: DNP) worked together in inspection. The inspection resulted in the arrest of a suspect and seizure of wildlife properties as follows: 2 Leaf Monkey carcasses, 3 Barking deer legs, and 3 bags (weighing at a total 25 kilograms) of Serow remains. The crime is a violation of Article number 19 of the Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act. B.E. 2535 (1992). The case was then sent to Investigation Officials at Kanchanaburi Police Station for further legal actions.

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On January 14, 2017, on Thailand’s National Children Day, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) by central units (i.e. , Division of Wild Fauna and Flora Protection responsible for CITES implementation in Thailand) and regional administration units (i.e. , Protected Area Administration Office 9 Ubon Ratchathani) hosted events and exhibitions for this national holiday all throughout the country.  The events are aimed to educate and inform the children and general public to better understand the actions taken to curve illegal wildlife trades as well as buying illegal ivory. 

The events were held simultaneously all around the country. The events were held at Government House of Thailand (presided by the Prime Minister), Chatuchak Market, and districts and provinces where the units of Division of Wild Fauna and Flora Protection are stationed. These included Lat Krabang Wildlife Checkpoint (Bangkok), Su-ngai Kolok and Sadao Wildlife Checkpoints (Thai-Malaysia border), Mae Sot Wildlife Checkpoint (Thai-Myanmar border), Nong Khai and Mukdahan Wildlife Checkpoints (Thai-Lao border), and other wildlife checkpoints in the country.

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There were 14,000 Pileated gibbons (Hylobates pileatus) in southeast Thailand in 2005, the last time a census survey was done. No one knows what those numbers look like today. The animals are falling victim to illegal hunting, which is the most serious threat to wildlife across Southeast Asia according to a recent study.The gibbons are especially being poached as bushmeat in Thap Lan National Park by poachers who feed on them when they venture deep into the forest to cut Endangered rosewood trees. US $1.2 billion worth of rosewood timber was illegally smuggled into China between 2000 and 2014, where it is valued highly.Underfunded and under-equipped Thai park rangers regularly engage in firefights with the armed loggers, but it is believed that gibbon numbers continue to fall, as the animals are easily spotted when they sing, and are shot out of the trees.“In the past we used to hear [the gibbons singing] a lot, but now we don’t hear them so much. I think it’s people going into the forest to log that is affecting them,” said Surat Monyupanao, head ranger at Thap Lan National Park.

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Department of Livestock Development plans on using sniffing dogs to support Animal Quarantine Stations at International Airports. This plan hopes to increase the efficacy of officials in preventing the spread of diseases that comes from the illegal transportation of animal carcasses.  The canines have been in operation with Chiang Mai Animal Quarantine Station between January 15 – 21, 2017, at Chiang Mai International Airport, Chiang Mai Province.

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On January 17, 2017, police officers from Sub-Division 5 of National Resources and Environmental Crime Division (NRECD) of Royal Thai Police worked together with officers from Kanchanadit Police Station (Surat Thani Provincial Police), and forest officials in legal seizure of a car concealing 66 pangolins in plastic bags and containers. The car was found abandoned with the protected animals inside. The incident occurred on the road in Kanchanadit District area. The case was reported to investigation officers at Kanchanadit Police Station and is awaiting further legal action.

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