Vietnamese faces charges over dead tiger in Czech Republic
Czech police found processed tiger skins, tiger claws and the frozen carcasses of a beaver and a kingfisher during a raid on illegal wildlife traders
A Vietnamese man and two others were arrested and charged on Monday after police found a dead tiger and other carcasses of protected species in a raid in the Czech Republic.
The Vietnamese man, 56, a former circus owner, and two Czechs aged 35 and 67, were charged with illegal wildlife trade after police found a dead tiger, tiger skins and frozen carcasses used in traditional Chinese medicine, VN Express reported.
Robert Slachta, the chief investigator at the Customs Directorate, said four processed tiger skins, a boiler for the bones and 10 tiger claws were found, as well as the frozen carcasses of a beaver and a kingfisher.
The tigers were bred by a 67-year-old Czech man identified as Ludvik Berousek, while the 35-year-old man allegedly processed the slain animals to produce Chinese medicine products.
The Vietnamese man then bought the animals and parts to sell across the Czech Republic, the EU and Vietnam. Slachta said the three men sold a whole tiger for 3,900 to 5,800 euros (US$4,550 to US$6,766), while skins cost 2,000 to 3,900 euros.