Spanish police stated Tuesday that they had seized greater than 200 stuffed endangered animals, together with giraffes, rhinos, lions and tigers, from an unlawful taxidermy workshop that was promoting them on-line.
Officers discovered the stuffed animals at a warehouse in an industrial space of Alicante, a metropolis on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. They seized others within the close by metropolis of Monovar, on the dwelling of a person suspected of working as a taxidermist and not using a licence, police stated in a press release.
Police positioned six individuals below investigation after the seizing the haul, who may face expenses of trafficking in endangered species.
The animals seized included “greater than 200 specimens of assorted species” on the United Nation’s Conference on Worldwide Commerce in Endangered Species (CITES).
“The species that have been seized included, amongst many others, African lions, white rhinos, Bengal tigers, African crocodiles, African antelope and giraffes,” the assertion stated.
Police started their investigation in Could after discovering on-line advertisements providing the stuffed animals on the market.
CITES is a world treaty signed by over 180 international locations that regulates commerce in wild natural world or merchandise derived from them with an intention to making sure their survival.
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