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SOS Rhino : In the News : Tiger parts found in record Australian seizure

Tiger parts found in record Australian seizure

  Friday, October 03, 2003
By Reuters

CANBERRA „ Australian authorities have seized body parts from an endangered tiger and rhinoceros in a record haul of illegally imported traditional medicine products made from threatened animals, officials said Thursday.

Australian Customs and Department of Environment and Heritage officials discovered 352 pounds of wildlife products, including 88 pounds of scales from the endangered pangolin, also known as the scaly anteater, in two shipping containers.

The containers, which arrived in Sydney in early September, yielded Australia's largest seizure of traditional medicine products made from wildlife, Environment Minister David Kemp and Justice Minister Chris Ellison said.

The ministers said in a joint statement that more than 17,000 illegal wildlife imports and exports had been seized since 1999. Breaches of Australia's wildlife trade and protection laws can lead to 10 years in jail or fines of up to $76,000.