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Thailand Animal Smuggling: Illegal Exotic Carcasses Found Near Bangkok

AP  |  Posted: Updated: 05/16/2012 11:22 am

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police say they have seized the carcasses of tigers and other big cats believed to have been destined for consumption in China.

Police Lt. Col. Theerapat Tharithai says a Thai man and a Vietnamese man were arrested Wednesday in a raid at a house in Bangkok's suburbs. He says police had trailed them from southern Thailand after receiving a tip-off.

Theerapat says the carcasses of one complete Bengal tiger, two halves of another, one panther and a fishing cat were found in freezers. He says the suspects told police the carcasses were smuggled from Malaysia and were destined for China.

Thailand is a major market and transit point for wildlife products, such as tiger parts and elephant ivory.

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