Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Animals destined for Phnom Penh rescued in Koh Kong

Animals destined for Phnom Penh rescued in Koh Kong

Officials collect turtles in Koh Kong province on Friday after they were confiscated in Koh Kong province. Wildlife Alliance
Officials collect turtles in Koh Kong province on Friday after they were confiscated in Koh Kong province. Wildlife Alliance

Animals destined for Phnom Penh rescued in Koh Kong

Koh Kong’s Southern Cardamom rangers recently rescued 77 animals bound for Phnom Penh restaurants, Wildlife Alliance (WA) revealed yesterday.

Acting on an informant’s tip, 16 WA and Forestry Administration rangers raided buildings in Sre Ambel district and found 61 turtles and tortoises, 11 monitor lizards, four civet cats and one soft-shell turtle being held alive.

A suspect escaped but the authorities know his identity and are preparing to summon him to court. He faces at least a $3,000 fine.

“For this case, the client wants the animals killed prior to being delivered to Phnom Penh restaurants and shops,” WA said in a message yesterday.

Several soft-shell turtle species living in Southeast Asia are considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Provincial Forestry Administration director Oum Makary confirmed the raid yesterday but had not yet received an official report. Rescued animals were typically released back into the forest, he said.

Separately, a joint force raided a restaurant in Pursat’s Krakor district last week, confiscating more than 226 kilograms of meat from animals including the red muntjac, leopard cat, soft-shell turtle, porcupine, water monitor, snakes and rabbits, according to the Forestry Administration.

Under Cambodian law, it is illegal to hunt and consume wildlife but poaching remains a serious problem.

Additional reporting by Igor Kossov

MOST VIEWED

  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading

  • Hun Sen warns Irish MP of EBA ‘mistake’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told former Irish premier Enda Kenny, still a member of the EU nation’s parliament, that the 28-nation bloc should not make a “third mistake” regarding Cambodia by using the preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement to “take 16 million

  • PM warns EU and opposition on 34th anniversary of his rule

    HUN Sen reached the milestone of 34 years as Cambodian prime minister on Monday and used the groundbreaking ceremony for a new ring road around Phnom Penh to tell the international community that putting sanctions on the Kingdom meant killing the opposition. “Please don’t forget