Tiger carcass given to Binh Duong museum

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Forest protection officers in the southern province of Binh Duong Province Thursday handed over to the local museum the carcass of an Indochinese tiger seized from a privately-run tourism resort.

A set of tiger skins confiscated from the resort was also given to the museum for research purposes.

In December 2005, a 156-kilogram tiger died in captivity at Thanh Canh Tourism Area in Binh Duong's Thuan An Town.

Huynh Van Hai, the 57-year-old owner of the area, sold the tiger's carcass to wildlife traders for VND343 million (US$17,000).

Local police later caught a group of men when they were about to cook the carcass for tiger bone glue, a traditional medicine believed to have curative properties.

Based on the men's testimonies, the police raided the Thanh Canh Tourism Area, where at least 12 tigers with no documents of origin had been kept in captivity between 2000 and 2003.

The police found out at least five dead tigers had been sold at the park secretly between March 2003 and December 2005.

The police arrested Hai and 14 others involved in the illegal tiger trade.

Last March, Hai was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for trading in endangered tigers.

Fourteen other people, including Hai's son, received sentences ranging from probation to 30 months in jail.

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