Vietnamese man caught stuffing dead tiger into freezer

Vietnamese man caught stuffing dead tiger into freezer

A man in northern Vietnam was arrested by police after he was caught red-handed stuffing a dead tiger into a freezer, local media reported on Friday.

Le Van Duc, 26, was found stuffing a 37 kg tiger carcass into a freezer on Thursday.

Skin from a different tiger was also found inside the freezer.

The suspect was being questioned by police about the tiger’s origin and where he was planning to sell the animal.

Report says trading in endangered wildlife can command a prison sentence of up to seven years.

Tigers have been driven to the brink of extinction in Vietnam, where their body parts are sold for high prices on the black market because of their supposed medicinal properties.

An unknown number of tigers are also raised in captivity at illegal breeding facilities.

CITES, the world’s largest species protection conference, has called on countries that house unaccredited tiger farms, including China, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, to close the facilities. (dpa/NAN)

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