‘Wake-Up Call’ for Global Monkey Trade

En route to a meeting about protecting threatened species, a government official was arrested for smuggling endangered monkeys, raising questions about Cambodia’s breeding industry.

Masphal Kry was en route to an international meeting about trade regulations for endangered species. As the deputy director of wildlife and biodiversity for Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, this was part of his job.

But in what conservationists call an “ironic tragedy,” Kry was apprehended in New York for smuggling endangered wild monkeys into the United States.

He’s one of eight charged as part of an “international primate smuggling ring,” which includes the director general of Cambodia’s Forestry Administration, as well as the owner, general manager and four employees of primate supplier Vanny Resources and Bio Research, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

In full: https://pulitzercenter.org/stories/wake-call-global-monkey-trade

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