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.