Uproar over sale of protected snakes
Animal rights activists are up in arms over the reported sale of some 2,400 protected snakes to licensed traders by - of all agencies - a state wildlife department.
(Partial protection allows for trade of the animals concerned, but under strictly controlled provisions.)
He explained that the snakes could not be returned to Thailand as it was only suspected that the snakes originated from there.
The department, meanwhile, had to dispose of the snakes as soon as possible to prevent them from dying in the containers in which they were kept, especially since “several had died already”.