Teen arrested for selling snakes PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 26 November 2017 16:41

By DAN TORIBIO

A 17-year-old boy was held by police after allegedly selling snakes and other endangered species at his store in Barangay Tumaga last Friday.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Sta Maria Police Station personnel raided the store where they found out containers full of reptiles and various animals.

Some 21 plastic jars contained assorted endangered species such as two paradise snakes, one wolf snake, one file snake, 20 madagascar hisser cockroaches, five heterometrus longimanus scorpions and 11 scolopendra subspinipes centipedes.

The raid came after the DENR and the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) learned that the minor was selling endangered species.

The act is considered a violation  Republic Act 9147, An Act Providing for the Preservation of Wild Life in their Habitat.

The suspect was turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development while the rescued animals were brought to the DENR office.  (Dan Toribio)