HA NOI — Ha Noi Police nabbed a restaurant in Thanh Xuan District on Monday for illegally producing tiger bone jelly, which is used to treat ailments such as rheumatism in eastern medicine.
In a search of the Tay Bac Quan restaurant, police found 150 kilos of bones which were later identified as coming from a Pathera Tigris, a rare species subject to hunting and trade restrictions.
Owner of the restaurant Nguyen Thi Thanh, 47, admitted to purchasing the tiger for VND180 million (US$860) from an unknown person. In 2007, she was sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating wildlife protection regulations. — VNS