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Taskforce targeting illegal wildlife trade online opens Facebook page

May 25. 2017
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By The Nation

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A new taskforce intended to tackle illegal wildlife smuggling and trade online has opened a Facebook page to invite the public to share information with the taskforce and post updates about its suppression of the trade.

The page, called Yiaw Dong, or the Wild Hawk, gained nearly 300 “likes” from Facebook users after its launch yesterday.

The taskforce, under the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation department, was recently set up following a crackdown on the illegal trade of endangered and protected animals online.

The taskforce has the authority to arrest wildlife poachers and traders under the wildlife conservation act and other related laws, including the international Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species.

The taskforce also inspected a house yesterday in the Sam Saern area following an alert and arrested the house owner who possessed at least 38 endangered birds without permission including a red-whiskered bulbul.

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