A total of five frozen, dead tigers have just been discovered in a house in central Vietnam and confiscated by police. The tigers were found during a raid on a house in the north central Nghe An province, according to Tran Minh Son, deputy head of the Nghe An Provincial Police Department for the Environment, who also found out that the corpses had had their organs removed already.
Tran Minh Son told DPA that the raid took place following a tipoff that the police department had received, although no arrests were made on Monday during the event as the owner of the house where the animals were discovered was out of the country at the time. Son said, “If we collect enough evidence, we will take criminal proceedings against the violator.”
At the moment the tigers are believed to be Indochinese tigers, with each weighing between 100kg and 150kg, without their organs, according to reports by Viet Nam News. Frozen tigers are generally a common illegal wildlife crime, as the endangered big cats are sometimes illegally trafficked from Vietnamese tiger farms for use in East Asian traditional medicine, as they believe that parts of the tigers have medicinal value, which is false. Just one kilogram of pure tiger bone paste, which is used to treat ailments such as headaches, can sell for up to $US5,000 ($A6,489) on the black market.
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