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Authorities Hunt for Poachers of Brutal Elephant Killing in Kaeng Krachan Park



Dead elephant in Kaeng Krachan National Park


BANGKOK – The government has urged the police to speedily apprehend those responsible for the brutal killing of an elephant in Kaeng Krachan National Park.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra revealed, on Thursday, that the Governor of Petchaburi, the Kaeng Krachan National Park Chief and the police have provided the latest update on the investigation into the recent killing of a pregnant elephant, whose calf was believed to have been taken away by poachers.

The investigating team has confirmed that more clues related to the identities of the suspects have already been obtained, said the PM.

Ms. Yingluck stated she has instructed all involved to bring those responsible for the brutal slaying to justice as soon as possible while urging the national park authorities to be more vigilant on the movement of park visitors.

The PM also conceded that related laws will need to be reviewed to make them more stringent and concerned authorities must be more alert about possible involvement of influential figures or state officers in all illegal activities in the national park areas.

In addition, the Prime Minister said the government is planning to introduce a certification for each elephant in the future in order to help keep track of each pachyderm while reiterating the government’s determination to clamp down on illegal ivory trade in the country.

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