Hanoi: Huge wildlife bone trade network uncovered

On September 15, Hanoi Environmental Police (EP) in conjunction with relevant authorities uncovered a wildlife bone trade network operated by a couple at their home in Hoang Mai district, and confiscated evidence of up to nearly 900kg of animal bone from four different locations. The haul included over 100kg of bone from IB species in which exploitation for trade is strictly prohibited, such as tigers, leopards, stuffed bear head and elephant tusks, and nearly 800kg from other wildlife such as serows, deer and turtles. Authorities also found many wildlife products such as glue, dried bile and dried porcupine stomach.

Earlier on the same day, authorities raided three other locations in Me Linh district, Cau Giay district and Hai Ba Trung district also believed to be part of the network, where around one hundred of the wildlife bones and products were seized. ENV staff were at the Hanoi EP office where they witnessed and photographed officers identifying and categorizing the haul. According to a representative from the Hanoi EP, the network had been under investigation for several months. Six people were arrested in connection to the case which remains under investigation.

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