(ANIMAL NEWS)— A private zoo in Bangkok was recently raided and more than 200 wild animals were confiscated. The owners of the zoo have been importing wildlife for almost ten years and were intending to sell and smuggle the animals. Thailand has long been the heart of illegal animal trade, but hopefully this raid is a step in the right direction to end the imprisonment of wild animals. Read on to find out why this takedown took place.— Global Animal
The look of a captive. Photo credit: hidemitsu-akechi.deviantart.com

Associated Press via The Boston Globe

BANGKOK – More than 200 animals, including kangaroos, flamingos, red pandas, and white lions, were seized from a private zoo Thursday in a wildlife bust.

Most of the animals were nonnative species intended to be sold domestically or smuggled elsewhere. Thailand is a hub of the international black market for protected animals.

More than 50 species of animals had been kept without a license in the compound, police Major General Norasak Hemnithi said.

The owners had imported animals from Africa and elsewhere for almost 10 years, he said.

Five tigers, 13 white lions, three pumas, three kangaroos, four flamingos, two crowned cranes, 66 marmosets, two orangutans, and two red pandas were among the seizures, according to the Freeland Foundation, a conservation organization that helps train Thai wildlife officials.

Freeland’s statement said three male suspects were detained because they lacked permits to keep the animals, which are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

More Boston Globe News: http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2012/03/09/thai-police-seize-more-than-animals-private-zoo/fFibT5h4hbKttZMARTcIfI/story.html

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  1. Freeland’s statement implies that it would be okay to imprison wild animals if the private zoo owners had obtained the proper permits first. Obviously, it’s all about money, not the well being of animals snatched from the wild.