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Thailand Animal Smuggling: Illegal Exotic Carcasses Found Near Bangkok

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In this photo released by FREELAND Foundation, the carcasses of 2 tigers seized during a raid are placed side by side as one is photographed at the Wildlife First Aid Clinic of the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, in Bangkok. Thailand. Thai police seized the carcasses of tigers and other big cats believed to have been destined for consumption in China in a raid on Wednesday. (AP Photo/FREELAND Foundation) | AP

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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