Thai pet shop owner arrested after being caught with protected wildlife

06/10/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Bangkok – A Thai pet shop owner was arrested after hundreds of protected animals were found in his warehouse, as reported by the Associated Press (AP). According to Police Col. Ek Ekasart, 14 rare lions from Africa were among the numerous wildlife species found.

Montri Boonprom-on, 41, is now facing charges of possessing wildlife and carcasses, which carry a sentence of up to four years in jail and a 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine.

Montri, who owns an exotic pet shop, has a prior conviction for wildlife trade.

Ek, is quoted by the AP as stating to reporters during the raid in Bangkok’s Klong Sam Wa district, “We have been monitoring the location for a few days after the neighbors complained about the noise from the animals…And if you looked through the gate, you could spot lions in the cage.”

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