Vietnam jails 8 for poisoning tiger for sale on black market

A court in southern Vietnam has sentenced eight men to up to 11 years and six months in prison for poisoning a tiger in a zoo and stealing the carcass to sell on the black market for Asian medicine, an official said Tuesday.

Vietnam jails 8 for poisoning tiger for sale on black market
A court in southern Vietnam has sentenced eight men to up to 11 years and six months in prison for poisoning a tiger in a zoo and stealing the carcass to sell on the black market for Asian medicine, an official said Tuesday.

The men, ages between 22 and 39, were sentenced to between 7 and a half years and 11 and a half years after a five-day trial that ended Monday, according to Vo Van Trung, a court official in the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho.

The men were also ordered to pay a cash fine of 448 million dong (28,000 dollars) to the Dong Tam Snake Farm in neighbouring Tien Giang province, where they stole the tiger from, Trung said.

The gang broke into the farm last June and poisoned the tiger in the cage before they disemboweled the animal and took it away, leaving behind the animal's organs, according to the court's indictment.

Tiger bones are often cooked into glue as medicine. Each kilogram of tiger glue is sold for up to 5,000 dollars in the black market.

Only a few hundred wild tigers are left in Vietnam, and the theft of the big cat from Dong Tam Snake Farm caused outrage.

According to Vietnamese law, people hunting, transporting or trading in rare animals are subject to a prison term of up to seven years and a cash fine of up to 20 million dong (1,250 dollars).

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