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Vietnam police investigate man after finding dead tiger in freezer at his house

Vietnam police investigate man after finding dead tiger in freezer at his house

Sunday, September 19, 2021, 18:33 GMT+7
Vietnam police investigate man after finding dead tiger in freezer at his house
This supplied image shows a dead tiger in a freezer at the residence of Nguyen Van Chung in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, September 16, 2021.

Police in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam are investigating a man after discovering the body of a dead tiger and unidentified animal bones in a freezer at his house.

Police officers on Saturday said they had seized a tiger carcass weighing 160 kilograms and 34 kilograms of unknown animal bones stored in a freezer at the residence of Nguyen Van Chung in Huong Son District two days before.

A criminal investigation has been launched to clarify Chung’s “violation of regulations on the protection of endangered, precious, and rare wildlife species,” police said.

Chung, 42, told investigators that in December 2020 he met a man named Viet, a truck driver, at local eatery and then invited him home.

Viet asked Chung to keep for him a freezer containing animal carcasses that would be processed into bone glue.

The driver promised to pay him some amount after the glue was sold.

Ten days later, Viet carried a freezer to Chung’s house. Chung initially refused it upon finding a tiger carcass and animal bones inside, but he eventually to agree to Viet’s request.

Viet gave Chung VND9 million (US$395) to pay for the electricity cost for the freezer’s operation. 

Another wildlife-related offense happened last month in Nghe An Province, a neighbor of Ha Tinh, when local police discovered 15 adult tigers, weighing 200 kilograms each, illegally raised at a local resident’s house.

Also in August, two men were arrested after being caught transporting seven live tiger cubs for sale in Nghe An.

Tigers and many other wild animals are strictly banned from being traded in, imported to or exported from Vietnam as they are on the list of endangered wildlife protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to which the country has been party since 1994.

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News

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