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Rihanna loris pics prompt call for tougher tout penalties

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PHUKET : Photos posted online of pop star Rihanna posing with an endangered slow loris on Phuket last week show criminal penalties for wildlife traders are too weak, one of the island's top police officers says. 

Kathu district police deputy superintendent Akanit Danpitaksat admitted soft punishments make it almost impossible for officers to stamp out the trade in protected wildlife on the island.

"The punishment is up to the court's consideration. However, it is too soft to stop them," he said.

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