Posted on 21 September 2018
Laos Government law enforcement officers have shut down illegal wildlife trade in four shops at Don Sao Market in the notorious Golden Triangle, confiscating almost 400 items during surprise raids on July 27.
Laos Government law enforcement officers have shut down illegal wildlife trade in four shops at Don Sao Market in the notorious Golden Triangle, confiscating almost 400 items during surprise raids. The 9 different types of illegal items found, including bracelets, necklaces, horns, teeth, pendants and bangles --many from endangered species -- were taken for identification. The Chinese shop owners were ordered to stop selling illegal wildlife items or reproductions of wildlife parts.
The two hour-long seizure by the Provincial Wildlife Law Enforcement Network (P-WEN) of Bokeo Province and Department of Forest Inspection (DoFI) took place at four Chinese owned shops inside the Special Economic Zone. This area is a well-known hub of illegal wildlife trade within the Golden Triangle, where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand intersect. Within the Golden Triangle many markets sell endangered species and their parts, including tigers, elephants, pangolin and bears. The trade takes place in shops, markets, restaurants and casinos.
The P-WEN ordered the shop owners to sign warning letters indicating that they were notified of their illegal actions and they acknowledged that they can no longer sell or display wildlife items in their shops. They were also informed of the recent Lao Prime Minister’s Order No. 05 on Strengthening Strictness of the Management and Inspection of Prohibited Wild Fauna and Flora. This Order increases enforcement and penalties against illegal wildlife trade, and is a significant development in Laos’ efforts against this multi-national, multi-million dollar trade that is linked to organized crime.
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