Tiger zoo owner among suspected wildlife traffickers

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A tiger cub is fed milk after being rescued from a gang of wildlife dealers in Bang Yai district, Nonthaburi on April 5. Three suspects were arrested when they delivered the cub to an undercover officer. (Photo: Department of National Parks, Wildlife Conservation)

The owner of a tiger zoo was among four suspected wildlife traffickers arrested in police raids across five provinces.

The Natural Resources and Environmental Crimes Suppression Police on Thursday arrested three men and a woman during raids at six locations in Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Ayutthaya and Suphan Buri provinces.

The suspects have been identified only as Bovornwit, 56, Suthep, 53, Sombat, 43 and Ms Pornthip, 25.

They were wanted on arrest warrants issued by the Nonthaburi Provincial Court on June 14 for collusion in the illegal wildlife trade and illegal possession of protected wildlife.

During the interrogation, the suspects would have confessed to having acquired Indochina tigers to resell them. One of them was the owner of a tiger zoo in Suphan Buri, according to Thai media.

Thursday’s raids follow the previous arrests of three members of a wildlife trafficking gang when they delivered a baby tiger to an undercover officer in Bang Yai district of Nonthaburi on April 5.

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