Alleged Online Wildlife Trafficker Apprehended In Thailand

Following a successful sting operation, Thailand’s recently-formed wildlife crime suppression task force, Yiaw Dong, arrested a social media user suspected of trading wildlife online.

As per The Nation, the alleged perpetrator, Man Ban Pong, was charged with violating the Wildlife Conservation Act for possessing and trading in protected species.

The special unit, which operates under the National Parks Department, had investigated the trade online before luring the suspect to sell protected species of birds to undercover agents at a local market in Ratchaburi province.

During a raid of Man Ban Pong’s house, Yiaw Dong, or Wild Hawk in English, along with officers from the Wildlife Conservation Bureau and the Protected Area Regional Office 3, recovered 10 protected species of birds, including the golden-crested myna and the red-whiskered bulbul.

The task force, which was formed earlier this year following an increase in crimes against wildlife online, has the authority to arrest wildlife poachers and traders under the wildlife conservation act and other related laws, including the International Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

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