Two prosecuted for tiger smuggling
The Hanoi People’s Procuracy Office has ratified charges against two individuals for violating wildlife protection regulations.
Nguyen Quoc Truong, 44, and Nguyen Thi Thuy Mui, 49 – both from northern Ha Tay Province – were prosecuted for smuggling two live tigers, four tiger carcasses and products derived from other protected wild animals.
On January 7, Hanoi police caught Truong loading two tigers onto a truck from a house in Thanh Tri District.
In a subsequent raid on Truong’s house in Ha Tay’s Ha Dong Town, police found four dead tigers and two stoves which were being used to make glue from animal bones.
Truong said he had bought the live tigers from Mui and the tiger carcasses from the Hanoi Zoo.
The zoo later admitted to trading the animals without the approval of the forest management agency.
Mui confessed she had purchased the two live tigers from a man in Hoa Binh District for VND117 million (US$7,000) and sold them to Truong for VND320 million ($19,000).
Further investigations would be underway, the police said.