A Thai man faces 10 years in prison after being arrested for selling coral on Facebook. Police seized more than 300 species of coral from the man’s home.
The 31-year-old man, Thitipong, was arrested at his home in Bangkok’s Min Buri district. Thitipong turned his house into a small aquarium to grow and store corals and sell them through Facebook.
Thitipong confessed to police that he bought the corals through Facebook and then continued to grow them until they were the perfect size to sell. He sold the corals for prices ranging from 100 baht to 1,000 baht, depending on their size.
Police and officers from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources seized 327 pieces of coral, including 216 stony corals, seven soft corals, nine sea anemones and 95 dead corals.
Police said Thitopong’s practices were illegal and in violation of the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act. Anyone who owns preserved animals or their carcasses faces up to five years in prison, a fine of up to 500,000 baht, or both.
Also, anyone who has preserved animals or their carcasses for sale faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to one million baht or a combination of both.
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