An Indian man has been arrested at Bangkok airport after 17 wild animals were found in his luggage.
An Indian man was arrested at Bangkok International Airport after 17 live animals were found in his luggage, including monkeys, snakes and desert foxes, according to Thailand’s Wildlife Protection Unit.
Thailand is a center for the wildlife trade, often destined for well-known markets such as China and Vietnam, where parts of these animals are used in traditional medicine. Wildlife Protection Unit Tuesday night found eight furry monkeys, a desert fox and a raccoon, three iguanas, two walruses and two pythons, and a Native American bag in plastic boxes hidden behind food supplies. was subjected to an X-ray examination.
“Authorities have arrested a man who tried to illegally traffic in several animals and smuggle them into India,” said department head Prasert Sonsapornkul. Abelach Annadori, 21, was due to fly from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Chennai in eastern India but was arrested by police for wildlife trafficking. Authorities said the estimated value of the animals, some of which are not in the wild in Thailand, is around $2,700. “We haven’t found any microchips attached to animals, so we don’t know where they came from,” said Prasert Sonsapornkull, who notes the rise in animal trafficking in India.
Found animals were sent to veterinarians for medical examination. In late June, two Indian women were stopped at Suvarnabhumi Airport who were planning to travel to Chennai with more than 100 live animals, including 35 turtles and 50 chameleons.