Published: Wednesday 31 October 2001

cambodia: Wildlife officials in Cambodia have recently seized over 1,300 endangered animals from restaurants in Phnom Penh. The animals were seized during a three-month-long operation against these outlets specialising in rare delicacies, said Sun Hean of the agriculture ministry's wildlife protection unit. However, no arrests were made as Cambodian laws only allow imposing a small fine on those involved in such illegal activities. Chea Sophara, the city's governor, said a directive would be soon issued banning the sale of meat of endangered animals. Restaurants would have two months to comply or face closure. Meanwhile, the seized animals were sent to a zoo and a national park outside Phnom Penh.

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