Breaking! Two Suspects Apprehended In Cambodia Following Raid & Seizure Of Massive Amount Of Wildlife Products Sold on Facebook

Photos from Wildlife Alliance

Two suspects were sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Cambodia yesterday for smuggling illegal wildlife products, which were found during a joint-force raid on two houses in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on Thursday.

As per a post by Wildlife Alliance on Friday, the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team arrested the alleged wildlife traffickers who were selling parts of endangered species on Facebook.

As previously noted by WAN and supported by a statement released by Wildlife Alliance, Facebook has sadly become a dominant marketplace for buying and selling wildlife products.

According to Wildlife Alliance, in Cambodia, the problem is becoming rampant with wildlife traders easily reaching a nationwide audience in both urban and rural markets.

After investigating a Facebook page selling wildlife products, the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) obtained a search warrant.

In the early morning on May 10th, the WRRT split into two teams and simultaneously surrounded two houses containing wildlife products. The WRRT searched the homes and found a staggering amount of native and imported wildlife products including leopard, clouded leopard and sun bear pelts; elephant ivory; tiger claws and whiskers; sun bear and Asiatic black bear claws and gallbladder; elephant, leopard, black bear, sun bear, muntjac, sambar, porcupine and macaque skulls and skull parts (56 total); porcupine stomach and whiskers; hippopotamus teeth; 72 wild pig tusks; and a variety of other wildlife products.

As explained in the Phnom Perth Post, article 49 of the Forestry Law prohibits the processing, hunting, transporting and trading of rare species, while the Law on Natural Protected Areas legislates for a one-to-five-year prison sentence and a fine of between 3,750.00 to $25,000.00 for those who prey on endangered species.

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