Men detained after tiger carcasses found in restaurant raid

By Le Lam - Gia Khanh, Thanh Nien News

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The frozen tiger found in Dong Nai Province. Photo credit: Dong Nai Online The frozen tiger found in Dong Nai Province. Photo credit: Dong Nai Online

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Vietnamese police have detained nine people allegedly involved of wildlife trade after a late-night raid in a restaurant in Dong Nai Province on Monday found bones of two tigers.
During the raid in the Ninh Binh dog meat restaurant in Bien Hoa Town, police caught Le Xuan Xanh and Cao Xuan Hong red-handed delivering the tiger bones to restaurant owner Nguyen Van Nghi.
Xanh claimed that an unidentified person had hired him to carry the consignment from Ha Tinh Province in northern Vietnam to Bien Hoa.
Police said the two sets of tiger bones weighing 69 kilograms and 20 kilograms each.
Besides Xanh, Hong and Nghi, police also arrested six others at the restaurant and seized equipment they were using to make tiger bone paste.
In Vietnam, products made of tigers, including tiger bone paste, are believed to have medicinal value.
It is illegal to hunt, kill, trade or advertise tigers or tiger products in the country.
Tiger bone paste is made by boiling the bones for about 24 hours until they form a glue-like substance. It is used to treat joint problems and is believed to improve sexual performance.

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