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#Animal Trafficking

From TheJournal.ie Irish man jailed in Texas for trafficking endangered rhino horns Patrick Sheridan

Irish man jailed in Texas for trafficking endangered rhino horns

Patrick Sheridan, from Rathkeale Co Limerick, illegally bought and sold tens of thousands of dollars worth of rhino horns.

From TheJournal.ie London man sentenced for having bestiality images and selling monkey heads on eBay Endangered Species

London man sentenced for having bestiality images and selling monkey heads on eBay

George Bush posted 141 endangered animal specimens for sale online.

From TheJournal.ie It's a good day for Irish animals Protecting Animals

It's a good day for Irish animals

A new animal Bill has been passed to replace legislation that’s 103 years old.

From TheJournal.ie Thai man nabbed with 16 tiger cubs in truck Animal Trafficking

Thai man nabbed with 16 tiger cubs in truck

He will now face charges of trafficking endangered species.

THAI AUTHORITIES RESCUED a two-month-old tiger cub from a woman’s suitcase as she attempted to smuggle the animal out of the country on Sunday.

The drugged baby tiger was among a bag full of stuffed tiger teddies.

Airport authorities became suspicious when they spotted the woman struggling with the heavy bag. The live cub showed up in the x-ray check of the bag.

The woman was due to board a flight from Bangkok to Iran, when the sedated wildcat was discovered.

The cub is being cared for by specialists at a rescue centre in Thailand.

Chris Shepherd, from the animal protection organisation Traffic, praised authorities for rescuing the animal, and called for stronger monitoring systems and deterrents to be put in place.

If people are trying to smuggle live tigers in their check-in luggage, they obviously think wildlife smuggling is something easy to get away with and do not fear reprimand.

Only sustained pressure on wildlife traffickers and serious penalties can change that.

Traffic says that tiger populations through Asia are threatened by smugglers, despite being listed as an endangered species.

Thai officials are investigating whether the cub was bred in captivity, or captured from the wild.

[caption id="attachment_15731" align="alignnone" width="512" caption="A Thai veterinarian feeds the baby tiger cub at the Wildlife Health Unit at the Department of National Parks in Bngkok Thailand on 27 August, 2010."][/caption]