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Feb112009

Starlings smuggled to Malaysia for pest control

Officials from Thailand's Natural Resources and Environment Crime Division have arrested smugglers attempting to smuggle Asian Pied Starlings into Malaysia for use to control pests on organic farms, reports MCOT.net

Illicit trade of Asian Pied Starlings into Malaysia
MCOT.net
11 February 2009


The illicit trade in endangered species continues unabated. Recently, officials arrested a smuggling ring red-handed, as it was attempting to smuggle Asian Pied Starlings, the rare and protected bird also known as Pied Mynas, into a neighbouring country.

Over 300 of the almost 500 Asian Pied Starlings died from lack of food and harsh conditions after being carried along smuggling route. The smugglers were arrested by officials of Natural Resources and Environment Crime Division late last month before they were able to cross the border into Malaysia.

"The smugglers confessed to police as Malaysia was promoting natural farming, the pied starlings are in high demand to help get rid of pests instead of using chemical pesticide," said Pol. Maj. Charnchai Prakobkarn from Natural Resources and Environment Crime Division of Songkhla.

The Asian pied starlings are caught in north and central Thailand and shipped to the South before being smuggled across the border.

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