Thai Police Seize 64 Animals In Suspected Illegal Wildlife Trade

Category: Society / Jan 29, 2013 10:11AM EDT
64 wild animals were confiscated by Thai police on Tuesday after raiding a restaurant in Bangkok. Authorities suspected the restaurant was involved in illegal wildlife trading. The 64 animals, which included snakes, tortoises, and turtles, could fetch around $16,000 if sold. Police raided the restaurant after they received a tip-off from local residents in the area. They were concerned that some of the animals would have been cooked and served in the restaurant, while the rest would have been traded. Two people were arrested in connection with the restaurant. The wildlife trade is banned in Thailand. Police explained that those convicted of illegal wildlife trade could face four years in prison or a fine of $1,300 dollars.