Anon. (2008, January 10). Vietnamese zoo auctioned tiger bodies to traffickers: newspaper. The Earth times [online]. Available. http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/171733.html [2009,February 6]
Vietnam; zoo; tiger; illegal trade; wildlife trade; corruption; sedated; Hanoi; tiger paste; traditional medicine
Hanoi - A zoo in the Vietnamese capital has admitted to auctioning the bodies of two tigers to wildlife traffickers who were arrested in a raid this week, a newspaper reported Thursday. The report was a new twist in the case of a major wildlife trafficking ring that was found with two live, sedated tigers in the back seat of a car and four frozen tiger bodies in a country where buying and selling the endangered big cats is illegal.
Dang Gia Tung, deputy director of the Hanoi Zoo, told Tien Phong newspaper that zoo officials held two auctions for the bodies of the tigers, which died of disease, to raise money for the facility.
The winner of both auctions, Nguyen Quoc Truong, has said he paid 150 million dong (about 10,000 dollars) and 120 million dong (about 8,000 dollars) for the carcasses, Tien Phong reported Thursday.
Truong, who was arrested Monday night, said he had receipts of the sales, according to the paper.
On Monday, police raided a house in Hanoi where ...