Probably poached in Malaysia – Heading for China
The animals, found chopped up and stuffed into a freezer in the house, were believed to have been sourced from Malaysia and moved through Sadao, a district in the southern Thai province of Songkla, which shares a border with Malaysia.
Initial investigations have shown the animals were bound for China via Nong Khai, a town near the border between Thailand and Lao PDR. From Nong Khai, the animals were to be transported across the Mekong River to Lao PDR before being moved to China.
Police said the suspects were paid 8,000 Baht (USD250) to transport the animals from the south of Thailand to Bangkok.
“Any DNA analysis should be undertaken with an eye toward establishing the origins of these animals. Going forward, it will be important to know exactly where they came from.” noted TRAFFIC Southeast Asia Regional Director, Dr. William Schaedla.
“We also hope the Thai authorities will undertake a thorough investigation of the transport routes being utilized by the smugglers and co-ordinate with their counterparts in neighbouring countries. Simply seizing dead animals will not be enough to prevent future losses of tigers and other endangered animals to wildlife trafficking.”