Thursday, September 06, 2007

Monkey Soup And Deep Frozen Tiger Found In Vietnam Butcher Crackdown

A monkey skull was found in a soup pot and a whole tiger in a freezer by police in Vietnam.

The sickening haul came in raids in Hanoi on homes and shops suspected of being involved in the lucrative trade in exotic animals.

It also included bear limbs, elephant tusks and the horns and heads of bull and deer.

Nguyen Thi Thanh, 40, the suspected ringleader, admitted she was producing tiger paste - a traditional remedy said to cure male impotence and other ailments.

Three others, including two people caught stewing tiger bones, are being questioned by cops.

Police believe the animals were poached in either Myanmar or central Vietnam and transferred to Hanoi for processing.

The tiger paste sells for £200 for only 100g - less than four ounces.

Story here.

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