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Endangered Civets, Snakes Rescued

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Three men were detained in Tbong Khmum province on Saturday afternoon for smuggling civets and snakes in the back of a Toyota SUV, possibly with the intention of selling them in neighboring Vietnam.
The vehicle, which had traveled from Kratie province, was stopped by a joint team of military police and soldiers after authorities received a tip-off about an attempt to smuggle endangered wildlife, Kim Chhun Ly, director of the provincial forestry administration department, told Khmer Times.
“During our check of the SUV on National Road 7, in Memot district, we found five endangered civets and two snakes, which were all still alive,” Mr. Chhun Ly said.
“We transferred the endangered wildlife to the WildAid organization to be released at Takeo’s Tamao Zoo.”
He said Riem Chhen Rong, 30, Loem Chan Ly, 25, and Sa Ketha, 34, had all been detained at the scene, but had not been arrested.
“We did not send them to the court, we just fined them for their alleged involvement in the wildlife trade after they promised not to illegally traffic wildlife again,” he said.
He said that due to the “low level” of rarity of the animals involved, the law only allowed for fines.
He declined to say how much the fine was.
While local media reported that the car was bound for Vietnam, Mr. Chhun Ly said he had no idea where the men had intended to take the animals.

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