Man caught with endangered tiger parts in Hanoi

Man caught with endangered tiger parts in Hanoi      
Police and forest management officials in Hanoi Wednesday caught a man trying to illegally transport tiger body parts
The police have taken Pham Anh Tuan, 30, of Ninh Binh Province into custody along with the car he had used and the parts, which weigh more than 23 kilograms. Tuan told them he was hired merely as a driver for the meat. Environment officials said only half the torso was missing with the rest of the animal intact. Pham Trong Anh from the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources thought the body parts were meant to be used for making traditional medicine. The tiger belonged to the Indochinese sub-species of tiger (listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. He is being kept at a police station in Dong Da District. It is thought that [Indochinese tigers] are disappearing faster than any other tiger sub-species with one being poached every week. In Vietnam, the animal is found along the Truong Son Mountain Range in the central region but many of them have been killed to make traditional medicine. Poor locals consider the tiger as a way to ease their poverty. Its skin, teeth and bones are in demand in major cities. The tiger population in Vietnam is believed to be less than 200. Reported by Truong Dinh     

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