A frozen tiger carcass, tiger bones, and turtle shells have been confiscated in Vietnam’s Quang Binh Province, while two suspects identified as Ho Van Bang and Nguyen Van Ngon were arrested.
Police also found “bones of unidentified animals”, along with military and government license plates, inside the pair’s SUV, according to Thanh Nien Daily.
The contraband was stuffed in bags, and the suspects — who reportedly tried to bribe the police — claimed they were unaware of the contents.
A comprehensive report compiled in July 2012 by WWF said that Vietnam is “failing on key aspects of compliance and enforcement”. It was noted that a large volume of frozen tiger carcasses continue to be seized by authorities, indicating that Vietnam’s “tiger farms” are supplying tiger bones and body parts to the illegal market.
However, the largest concentration of tiger farms is in China, where an estimated 6,000 tigers reside in battery cages, apparently for use in tiger bone wine and health tonics containing tiger parts.
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