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Poachers’ Facebook posts prompt online conservation unit

Mar 16. 2017
Photo credit: National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department's website.
Photo credit: National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department's website.
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By The Nation

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The National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department has stepped up efforts to suppress wildlife poaching after recent photos were posted on several Facebook accounts.

Thanya Netithammkul said the department had stumbled upon several Facebook posts showing the carcasses of wild animals as well as weapons used to kill them, adding that an investigation showed that several Facebook users had posted photos of poached wildlife, including porcupines, hawks, leopards and other animals.

The department filed a complaint to the police to help to investigate and bring the wrongdoers to court for violations of the wildlife conservation law.

The department has recently set up a unit to monitor online activity to curb similar crimes, which are deemed as challenging authorities.

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