Tiger skeletons seized at Prague airport

  • July 12, 2013

 

Custom authorities at Prague airport have seized two tiger skeletons, believed to be destined for the black market in the Far East. The skeletons were almost fully complete and had a combined weight of 12 kilograms.

A sniffer dog found the skeletons hidden within two loudspeakers during a routine check at Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport on June 26th.

A current investigation is looking into where the tigers came from and exactly where they were headed.

Tiger bone is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to produce tiger bone wine, which is stated to cure a variety of illnesses including rheumatism, arthritis, paralysis and dysentery. Tiger bone has also been known to produce tiger bone glue and tiger bone plasters. Scientific tests have shown that the products of tigers have no medicinal value yet the trade continues and the threat to the survival of the wild tiger is ever present.

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