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16 illegal elephants seized from tourist areas

A veterinarian takes a blood sample from a seized elephant at an elephant camp on Phuket Island on Wednesday. Authorities confiscated 16 unregistered elephants from several elephant camps at tourist spots
A veterinarian takes a blood sample from a seized elephant at an elephant camp on Phuket Island on Wednesday. Authorities confiscated 16 unregistered elephants from several elephant camps at tourist spots


2013-08-21 - Bangkok, Thailand
Police said Wednesday they had seized 16 elephants from tourist destinations as part of a nationwide swoop on operators suspected of using smuggled wild pachyderms for entertainment. The animals were removed on Tuesday and Wednesday from camps in the southern and eastern resort areas of Koh Chang in Trat and Phuket, Krabi and Phangnga provinces, which are popular with holidaymakers, said Watcharin Phoosit, from the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division.



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