In Court

  • 14/10/2005

Hunter hunted: One of Cambodia's most infamous wildlife hunters has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for trapping and killing over 600 animals, many endangered. Earlier, much concern had been voiced over the weak laws and lack of their proper enforcement in the country. A forestry law enacted in 2002 tightened the regulations to some extent.

Yor Ngun, 58, killed 19 tigers, 40 leopards, 40 sun bears, 3 Asiatic bears, 30 Asian elephants, and over 500 banteng (a species of wild cattle) since 2001, said conservation group Wild Aid, which works with the government to monitor and prosecute wildlife hunters and traders. Tigers, Asian elephant, and banteng have been classified as endangered species while the Asiatic bear is considered

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