Last Updated: Sunday, August 27, 2006 10:45:33 Vietnam (GMT+07)
Police in Vietnam arrested Friday Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, 23, for the illegal trading of a tiger gutted and stolen two months ago from a farm in a southern province.
They had already arrested several others for buying the three-month old animal for VND180 million (US$11,250), thus “violating state regulations on rare animal protection”.
Tuan – like the others – was arrested in Dong Nai province, Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Dang Quang Minh, head of the local police’s public order section, said.
Six others who were arrested for stealing the cub from Dong Tam Snake Farm in Tien Giang province have all confessed to the crime.
On 28 June the six broke into the farm, poisoned and disemboweled the tiger, and transported it to Dong Nai.
The police found the animal in a fridge in Ho Chi Minh City.
Reported by Hoang Phuong – Translated by Hoang Bao