Smuggling crackdown thwarts illegal cow import from Myanmar to Thailand

A recent crackdown on illegal livestock smuggling led Thai authorities to intercept a convoy of 5 trucks, arresting 5 individuals and seizing 30 cattle. The incident occurred on the Thai-Myanmar border in Tak province, highlighting ongoing efforts to curb the unfold of foot-and-mouth illness.
The Director-General of the Department of Livestock Development, Dr Somchuan Ratanamankalanon, stated that on May twenty fifth, officers from Tak’s Animal Quarantine Station apprehended the smugglers as a half of an ongoing operation to curb illegal livestock imports. The cattle were discovered as the smugglers attempted to move them via Tha Song Yang district before they might enter Mae Rim Village in Omkoi district, Chiang Mai province.
Two checkpoints had been set as a lot as halt the smuggling operation, with officers successfully stopping the vehicles on Highway 1267 in Tha Song Yang. Swipe claimed they had been moving the cattle from Mae Salid Village to Mae Mueang Village, each in Tha Song Yang district.
When officers requested an animal transportation allow (R.3) from the drivers, they could not produce any documentation. As a end result, the smugglers had been apprehended underneath Section 22 of the 2015 Animal Epidemic Act, which prohibits the unlawful transportation of animals due to Tak province being a chosen surveillance area for foot-and-mouth disease in cattle, buffalo, pigs, goats, and sheep. Violators face a most penalty of two years imprisonment, a fantastic of up to 40,000 baht (US$1,240), or each..

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