More than 32 wildlife carcasses, including preserved turtles and tigers, found and confiscated at luxury hotel in Bangkok

Bangkok –

More than 32 wildlife carcasses, including turtles and tigers, were seized by the forestry police division at a Bangkok hotel around the Sukhumvit area yesterday, December 23rd.

The confiscation follows a search warrant issued by the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court, stating that a large number of carcasses of protected wildlife were adorned in guest rooms of a famous hotel in the capital. This was reportedly based on a tip from a concerned citizen.

32 carcasses of turtles – namely hinterland turtles, grass turtles, lotus turtles, and spur turtles – 2 clouded leopards, 3 leopards, and 2 tiger skins were discovered at corridors and surroundings of the hotel. All of them were reportedly not licensed and authorized for legal possession.

An initial investigation disclosed that the hotel was founded by a Thai businesswoman and a foreigner who were not present at the scene and unable to show proof of possession.  Police are reportedly working on contacting the owners as hotel staff allegedly claimed they were unable to reach them.

The team of forestry police then took all of the wildlife carcasses to the Wildlife Conservation Bureau Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and initially charged the hotel owners for illegally possessing protected wildlife carcasses under Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act B.E. 2562.

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