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Thai Dugongs smuggled to Singapore

Fishermen in Trang province, Thailand, have asked for government assistance to control the illegal dugong trade, with reports of foreign fishermen smuggling the animals to Singapore where they are used for medicinal purposes and to produce amulets, reports The Nation/ Asia News Network

Thailand dugongs hunted and smuggled to Singapore
The Nation/ Asia News Network
23 March 2009


Trang's fishermen have asked the government to strictly control the illegal dugong trade after they found many foreign mariners hunting the animals and smuggling them out to Singapore for Bt50,000 (S$2130) each, villager leader IsmaAnn Ben SaArd said.

The illegal hunt is being carried out by foreign fishermen especially from Satun province. They throw bombs into cairns or near coral reefs, with the resulting explosion towing up many fish, he added.

More at: http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20090323-130364.html

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