Bush Meat Confiscated in Stung Treng

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No arrests were made in the raid, but large quantities of illegal meat was found. Supplied

Police officials raided a Stung Treng provincial market yesterday morning, confiscating more than 100 kilograms of bush meat, but failed to catch the people selling it, according to Wildlife Alliance.
 
A Stung Treng town police officer confirmed the raid, telling Khmer Times: “The provincial military police are the ones launching the crackdown.”
 
Wildlife Alliance said it was also involved in the operation.
 
Provincial military police officials could not be reached for comment yesterday, and Eng Hy, the National Military Police spokesman, said he had not yet received a report about the case.
 
A member of Wildlife Alliance’s Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team, who only went by the name Chhay, said the operation netted hundreds of pieces of bush meat from a variety of animals.
 
“We confiscated 126.5 kilograms of both wildlife animals and meat in Stung Treng market. They include five monitor lizards weighing a total of 7.5kg, two live lorises and three dead and dried ones, one hedgehog stomach, two mountain turtles weighing 1.5kg, boar meat weighing 83kg and deer meat weighing 34.5kg,” he said.
 
“Normally, we want to arrest the owners. But they managed to flee even though we were wearing plain clothes. We were talking and there were a lot of people going to buy fish in the crowd where we were. They saw us and escaped.”
 
Mr. Chhay said police and Wildlife Alliance conduct these kinds of crackdowns two or three times a month.
 
The live animals that were found will be released into the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, according to Mr. Chhay, and the meat will be sent to the forestry administration office.

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