Illegal meat confiscated

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Koh Kong provincial authorities, in collaboration with the Wildlife Alliance, on Tuesday confiscated 50 kilos of illegal game meat as well as several wild animals that were still alive.
 
The animals were released in Botum Sakor National Park while the confiscated meat was buried.
 
Agriculture department director Ung Menglea said he had yet to receive the full report of the raid but noted that the restaurant in question was called Sabay Saby in Khmarak Phumin town.
 
The restaurant owner was not arrested but fined six million riel ($1,500).
 
“We still have instances of people selling wild animals in Koh Kong province and even if they try to hide from authorities, we will still crack down on them. We will not stay silent and negligent in cases like these,” Mr Menglea said.
 
“The relevant officials advised the offenders not to traffic wild animals and we also sent a warning letter to all the other restaurants not to sell this sort of meat.”
 
He said that efforts of the authorities were, for the most part effective apart from a few businesses who remained defiant.
 
“It is difficult for relevant officials to crack down on these types of cases and they often hide the animals or meat so it takes a lot of time to investigate it to know where its being sold or where these animals are being kept,” he said.
 
During the crackdown, authorities confiscated 50 kilos of illegal wild boar, antelope, lizard and snake meat as well as live turtles, snakes and soft-shell turtles.
 
Separately, one tonne of expired canned fish was confiscated in Preah Sihanouk province after it had been imported from an unspecified foreign country.
 
Deputy provincial Camcontrol chief Chea Pich could not be reached for comment yesterday but was quoted as saying in local media reports that his officials had seized 810kg of expired canned fish that had been imported from South Korea to be distributed to orphanages.

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