95 Snakes Found In Burst Bag At Malaysia Airport
A Malaysian man pleaded guilty to wildlife smuggling after his bag bursting with 95 live boa constrictors broke open on a luggage conveyer belt at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, an official said Friday.
Keng Liang “Anson” Wong, 52, who was previously convicted of wildlife trafficking in the United States, was charged Wednesday in a district court with exporting the endangered boas without a permit, said Shamsuddin Osman, an official with Malaysia’s wildlife department.
Wong was arrested Aug. Wong was transiting from Malaysia’s no oakley outlet rthern Penang state to Indonesia oakley outlet ‘s capital Jakarta.
The court will reconvene Monday pending Wong’s appointment of a lawyer, Shamsuddin said.
He said the criminal charges involve the boas only, because the other animals are not listed as endangered. All of the animals are alive and under the care of wildlife officials, S oakley outlet hamsuddin said.
Activists say the illegal wildlife trade used to flourish in Malaysia until the country recently stepped up efforts to crack down on it. In July, Parliament passed a oakley outlet new law to punish poachers and smugglers more severely, but the act has not yet taken effect.