Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Meat seized; sellers flee from Stung Treng market

Meat seized; sellers flee from Stung Treng market

Illegal wildlife meat sits on the ground in Stung Treng province yesterday after it was seized during a raid on a local market. National Police
Illegal wildlife meat sits on the ground in Stung Treng province yesterday after it was seized during a raid on a local market. National Police

Meat seized; sellers flee from Stung Treng market

Local authorities confiscated more than 30 kilograms of rare wildlife meat being illegally sold yesterday during a second raid in eight days at a market in Stung Treng province, though once again, no arrests were made.

The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT), along with national military police, raided the market, seizing 32 kilograms of fresh wild pig and red muntjac – a type of deer – found lying on the ground and for sale in a few stalls, said WRRT team chief Vuthy Ravong.

However, no one claimed to be the owners of it, he said. “We seized it from a few stalls, but we didn’t see any sellers,” he said. “The wildlife meat had been sold at the same place.”

Last Wednesday, officials from the Forestry Administration raided the same location, where they confiscated about 200 kilograms of meat and live animals, though the female sellers managed to escape.

During last week’s inspection, meat from several protected species, such as wild pig, red deer, porcupine and loris were seized, as well as two live tortoises and 10 iguanas.

A similar raid on the illegal trade took place at Banlung market in Ratanakkiri province yesterday, but no wildlife meat was found there, Ravong said.

Wild meats are sold at the markets because some Cambodians don’t have the knowledge to distinguish protected species and others like to eat it, Ravong said.

Eng Hy, spokesman with the National Military Police, and Cheang Yodung, deputy director of provincial Forestry Administration, both said they were unaware of the raids.


  • PM imposes nationwide Covid restrictions, curfew over Delta scare

    Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28 instructed the municipal and provincial authorities nationwide to strictly enforce Covid-19 measures including curfew for two weeks from July 29 midnight through August 12 to stem the new coronavirus Delta variant. The instruction came shortly after he issued a directive

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Provinces on Thai borders put in lockdown amid Delta fears

    The government has decided to place several border provinces in lockdown for two weeks in a bid to prevent the new coronavirus Delta variant spreading further into community. According a directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28, the provinces include Koh Kong,

  • China denies Mekong hacking

    As the US and its allies joined hands last week to expose what they allege to be China’s Ministry of State Security’s malicious cyber activities around the world, the attention also turned to Cambodia with the US Department of Justice claiming that four

  • US' Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines arrive

    The first batch of 455,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine donated by the US touched down in Phnom Penh on the morning of July 30. They are part of the total 1,060,100 doses the US has pledged to provide to Cambodia through the World Health Organisation-led (

  • Governor: Covid subsides in capital

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng said the Covid-19 situation in the capital’s 14 districts has eased, with only two districts still recording a high number of infections. “Transmission cases in all districts are dropping, though they are relatively higher Meanchey and Por Sen Chey.