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Tigers’ bodies found in wine tank

Update: September, 07/2017 - 10:00
Police inspect the freezer. — Photo
Viet Nam News

LÂM ĐỒNG — A man in Đức Trọng District was discovered in possession of two dead tigers, according to Phan Văn Thông, head of the local police.

On Tuesday, the Environmental Crime Department under Lâm Đồng Province Police worked with Đức Trọng District Police to discover the bodies of two tigers at Huy Hoàng 2 furniture workshop, owned by 32-year-old Võ Anh Huy in Phú Hội Ward’s Chi Rông Village.

During inspection, police found a tiger’s body infused in wine, while another was stored in a freezer. The bodies were subsequently transferred to Đức Trọng District Police.

Huy admitted that he bought the two tigers to present as gifts.

Thông said the district police would collaborate with the forest protection department to conduct forensic tests on the two bodies.

Tiger infused in wine is believed to treat bone, joint and muscle diseases, and is often seen as an invaluable gift in Việt Nam.  

However, according to Nguyễn Xuân Hướng, former president of Việt Nam Orientally Traditional Medicine Association, the benefits of consuming tiger have not been proven.

Tigers are listed as endangered wild animals. According to Việt Nam’s Penal Code, the poaching, killing, and trading of endangered wild animals are illegal and offenders may face up to seven-year imprisonment. — VNS

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