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Online Seller Nabbed Over Illegal Sale Wildlife, Endangered Animals in Caloocan

Police authorities arrested an online seller over the allegedly illegal sale of wildlife and endangered animals in Caloocan City.

In a purchase bust operation in Bagong Silang Caloocan, a 29-year-old man was nabbed selling endangered, unusual, and wild animals, according to an ABS-CBN News report. The operation was carried out after authorities received information about the suspect’s open internet trading of numerous animals.

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According to preliminary information from PMaj Roldan Manulit of the DENR-Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force, the suspect has been working as a technician since the outbreak began and has supposedly avoided selling the animals online. During the raid, several animals were taken from the suspect.

A Philippine eagle-owl, which is native to the nation and only found there, as well as other wild species such as a saltwater crocodile, Ball python, Burmese python, Luzon Lowland Scops Owl, and Spotted Buttonquail, were among the goods seized from the suspect. The suspect declined to talk to the media and will now face accusations of breaking RA 9147, the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

Meanwhile, the DENR has renewed its request for lawmakers to approve legislation that would make wildlife poachers and merchants face harsher punishments. The Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is urging lawmakers to alter Republic Act (RA) 9147, the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001, noting the recent increase in the number of Philippine Eagles rescued.

In the town of Godod, Zamboanga del Norte, the DENR released a female eagle dubbed “Godod” on January 10. Godod was rescued by members of the Liloy-based Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).

CENRO got information that a raptor was being held captive by a resident in the Godod municipality’s Barangay Bunawan. According to the revised list of Endangered Philippine wildlife and its classifications, the Philippine Eagle is a “critically endangered” species.

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