Tuesday, 30 March 2010

NGO seizes illegal meat from home in Kratie

via CAAI News Media

Tuesday, 30 March 2010 15:04 Tep Nimol

OVER 35 kilograms of wild animal meat and some live animals were confiscated from a house in Kratie province’s Krakor commune during raids conducted Friday by the environmental group WildAid, local authorities said.

So Veasna, chief of Kratie town’s military police, said 25 kilograms of wild boar meat, 10 kilograms of deer meat and eight civets – some living, some dead – were confiscated in the raid on the house of a villager who was suspected of dealing in illegal wildlife.

“WildAid officials launched the crackdown independently – they did not need cooperation from the authorities,” he said.

So Veasna said that the perpetrators had not been arrested because they managed to escape before the raid.

“Our police forces are hunting for the suspects in order to bring them to face the law,” So Veasna said.

“We plan to meet with representatives of WildAid to discuss future cooperation between the organisation and authorities in an effort to crack down on other wildlife offenses.”

A WildAid official declined to comment Monday.

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