Friday, 13 May 2011
A man has been arrested for attempting to smuggle baby leopards, panthers, monkeys and a bear through Thailand's International airport on en route for Dubai.
The 36 years UAE citizen was waiting to check on when he was arrested by ant-trafficking officers who had been monitoring since his purchase of the animals on the black market.
Steven Galster, a director of Freeland Foundation who are an anti-trafficking group based in Thailand, said that 'it was a very sophisticated smuggling operation. We've never seen one like this before. The guy had a virtual zoo in his suitcases.'
It is said that the market value of leopards and panthers in Thailand is roughly $5,000 each with the market in the Middle East much higher. Exotic pets are particularly popular in this region.
Posted by Tom Warsop at 21:24